On Wednesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Golden State Warriors by a final score of 102-93.
The Skinny: The Nets established an early lead by hitting seven of their first eight field goal attempts, while the Warriors shot just 3-of-13 from the field in the opening minutes. Brooklyn kept up the pace, shooting 74 percent from the field to close out the first quarter with a 12-point lead.
Josh Childress looked good in the second quarter, scoring more points in the frame (five) than he had in any game all season. Golden State’s shooting significantly improved as they cut Brooklyn’s lead to five at the break.
The Warriors, led by Klay Thompson, kept up the intensity in the third quarter as they fought all the way back to tie the game and took their first lead of the night at the 2:40 mark. Stephen Curry converted a four-point play in the final seconds of third to give Golden State an eight-point lead after three.
The Nets just couldn’t muster a consistent offensive attack in the fourth quarter en route to their second consecutive loss.
High Scorers: Curry led all scorers with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting. For the Nets, Lopez led the way with 23 points on 10-of-16 from the field.
Key Stats: After shooting 14-of-19 from the field in the first quarter, Brooklyn shot just 24-of-64 the rest of the way (37.5 percent). A 33-20 third quarter in favor of the Warriors proved to be the turning point.
Who Was Hot: David Lee recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds and also added six assists. Thompson poured in 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Kris Humphries shot 5-of-6 from the outside for 10 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Who Was Not: Joe Johnson and Deron Williams combined for just 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting. Meanwhile, the Warriors’ backcourt (Curry and Thompson) combined for 48 points.
Fun Fact: The Nets are averaging an NBA-best 54.2 points in the first half of games this season but a league-worst 41.7 points per second half.
Jim MancariNo lead is safe with the Brooklyn Nets. Leading by 13 in the first half, the Nets looked like they’d cruise to an easy victory. But again, a poor third quarter sealed this team’s fate. Avery Johnson commented before the game that the team’s pace slows down in the second half.
Well, that’s going to have to change if the Nets want to win games. A team simply cannot rely on a strong first quarter to carry it through the entire game.
The Nets are averaging just 19.3 points in third quarters this season, and the team’s three-point shooting has suffered, making just 6-of-23 attempts from downtown in this one.
Golden State head coach Mark Jackson, who attended Bishop Loughlin H.S. in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, earned his first win in three tries against the Nets. It will be quite a homecoming for Jackson when the Warriors travel to Brooklyn on Dec. 7.
After a 1-2 road trip, Brooklyn (6-4) returns home to Barclays Center Friday night against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers. The 7:30 p.m. game will be televised on the YES Network.
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