Moke Hamilton, SNYNets.com
NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have now lost three consecutive games, the latter two on its home floor at Barclays Center.
Stephen Curry and David Lee powered the Nets to a victory in their head coach’s New York City debut. Warriors head coach, Mark Jackson, is a New York native but didn’t get the opportunity to coach in New York City last season due to the truncated schedule that was a result of the NBA lockout. The Warriors didn’t visit Madison Square Garden and played the Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark.
In their first visit to Brooklyn, though, Curry and Lee were both impressed with the Nets and the energy inside of the arena.
After Curry turned in his 28 point effort, he had the following to say about his playing at Barclays. “It’s a cool experience… a great atmosphere, great environment.”
He added, “The borough has really surrounded around the new identity of the team and it definitely showed tonight; they have a serious homecourt advantage here.”
Curry looked more comfortable in the second half than in the first. After halftime, he scored 21 points and helped the Warriors turn the tide of the game in what ended up being a very pivotal third quarter.
His teammate, former New York Knick David Lee, was the standout performer of the game. Lee scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Warriors. He called New York City home for five years after being drafted by the Knicks with the 30th pick in the 2005 draft.
“This is an unbelievable stadium,” Lee said. “It is rare being a veteran in this league that you get to see a new venue, with very few going up. It was great, the fan support here is unbelievable.”
Avery Johnson has consistently talked about his team’s home court advantage, and though the Warriors walked away with the victory, it seems that Curry and Lee certainly experienced it.