The Brooklyn Nets have defeated the Golden State Warriors 134-117. The Nets improve to 16-12, good for 3rd in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, the Warriors fall to 14-13, good for 8th in the Western Conference.
The start of the game was sloppy, with the Warriors turning it over four times in the first five minutes. The Nets took a 16-12 lead early, with Bruce Brown leading the way with 6 points. Stephen Curry got hot in the quarter, scoring 12 points. Furthermore, the Nets bench produced 11 first quarter points, giving the Nets control of the game. At the end of the quarter, the Nets led 37-28.
The Nets held a nearly double digit lead throughout nearly the whole second quarter. Finally, Brooklyn led 66-51 at halftime. For the Nets to keep their lead and finish out the game, they will need to continue outrebounding the Warriors. Additionally, the Nets need to cut down the turnovers, as they had eight, with Kevin Durant having four of them.
Additionally, the Nets bench dominated the Warriors bench in the first half, outscoring them 20-8.
The Nets offense was on fire to start the second half. This forced Warriors head coach Steve Kerr to call a timeout at the 8:49 mark of the third quarter. Brooklyn continued dominating, forcing Kerr to call yet another timeout at the 4:01 mark with his team down by 26. The Nets effortless scoring and Warriors poor defense was not a good combination for the Warriors. Subsequently, this made the game a blowout early in the quarter. Brooklyn led 108-82 at the end of the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Nets 36-25 in the fourth quarter, but it did not matter.
Upcoming Game for the Nets
Brooklyn will be off tomorrow as they prepare for their second game on the five-game West Coast trip. On Monday, the Nets will take on the Sacramento Kings. The game will start at 10:00 PM EST and of course, will be broadcasted on the YES Network.
Performances of Note
Kyrie Irving – 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 10-17 FG, 2-5 3PT, 33 minutes
Kevin Durant – 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, 8-19 FG, 1-6 3PT, 3-4 FT, 33 minutes
James Harden – 19 points, 8 rebounds, 16 assists, 3 steals, 6-11 FG, 5-8 3PT, 35 minutes
Bruce Brown – 18 points, 7 rebounds, 8-12 FG, 21 minutes
Joe Harris – 15 rebounds, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 5-9 FG, 3-6 3PT, 27 minutes
Jeff Green – 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5-6 FG, 29 minutes
Golden State Warriors:
Stephen Curry – 27 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 10-17 FG, 2-9 3PT, 5-5 FT, 33 minutes
Kelly Oubre Jr. – 17 points, 10 rebounds, 6-15 FG, 1-5 3PT, 4-4 FT, 31 minutes
Andrew Wiggins – 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 7-15 FG, 1-6 3PT, 33 minutes