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Rapid Recap: #Warriors 109, #Nets 102

On Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets were defeated by the Golden State Warriors by a final score of 109-102.

The Skinny: The Nets opened up the game rather aggressively and both Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were feeling it early. Johnson opened up the game scoring 15 first quarter points and together, he and Williams combined to score 22 of the team’s 31 points in the game’s opening frame. The Warriors kept pace, led by eight points from Klay Thompson.

Ahead 31-24 to open the second quarter, coach Avery Johnson went with his reserves—C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans, Jerry Stackhouse, Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry played relatively well during the opening minutes of the second and helped to spark their team on a 7-0 to to close the gap to 46-45 with 4:35 to go in the half.

It was fairly obvious that Jackson instructed his team to pick up his pace, and Stephen Curry and David Lee did just that. They combined for eight second quarter points and eventually helped the Warriors recapture the lead on a Klay Thompson three-point that broke a 52-52 tie and gave the Warriors its first lead since they led 10-9 in the first quarter.

Andray Blatche dominated the final two minutes of the half, though, scoring six points for the Nets, including a buzzer beating three-pointer to end the half. Though the Warriors climbed back in, they trailed 63-55 at the half. Joe Johnson and Blatche led the way for the Nets, scoring 33 points on 12-19 shooting in the first half.

Stephen Curry took over in the third quarter, scoring 13 points, including three three-pointers. During a three minute stretch in the third, the Nets went cold from the field, going just 1-for-5 and turning the ball over three times. The Warriors tied the score again, at 70-all. The team traded baskets for the final four minutes of the quarter, but overall, the Warriors won the third period 29-19 and carried a two-point lead into the fourth, 84-82.

The Warriors carried their strong play over from the third into the fourth and out hustled the Nets, eventually opening up a 97-90 lead with six minutes to go in the game. David Lee was his usual active self on the boards and he and Curry beat the Nets with the pick-and-roll.

The Warriors led by six, 100-94, with about three minutes remaining, and after a Williams assist to Blatche to make it a four point game, Lee converted a layup, plus the foul, pushing the lead back to seven, 103-96.

The Nets were fairly sloppy with the ball. They played catch up, but couldn’t get over the hump in the end. It ended up being too much David Lee, who put the nail in the Nets coffin on a breakaway dunk with less than a minute remaining in the game.

High Scorers: For the Warriors, David Lee dominated the game, finishing up with 30 points on 14-for-22 shooting. He also chipped in 15 rebounds. For the Nets, Joe Johnson turned in a season-high 32 points on 12-for-23 shooting from the field. His performance was one of the few bright spots for the Nets.

Key Stats: Perhaps in an attempt to limit Jerry Stackhouse’s minutes and match the Warriors’ energy, Avery Johnson played 12 men. After playing about 30 minutes against the Thunder, Stackhouse played about 19 against the Warriors.

Who Was Hot: Along with Lee, Stephen Curry helped the Warriors score the victory in Barclays Center, scoring 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field, including 5-for-9 from three-point territory.

Who Was Not: For the Warriors, rookie Harrison Barnes ended the game just 2-for-5 with six points in 23 minutes. For the Nets, Gerald Wallace struggled on the offensive end, converting just 3-for-8 from the field, scoring just eight points and turning the ball over four times. Wallace added six rebounds and four assists, but without Brook Lopez, his team needed more from him.

Fun Fact: After having its six game home winning streak snapped by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, the Nets have now lost two consecutive home games. The Nets have two games remaining on their four-game homestand. The Milwaukee Bucks will visit Barclays Center on Dec. 9, followed by the New York Knicks on Dec. 11.

Moke Hamilton, NBA Analyst

Tough loss for the Nets. In the first half, it seemed that they had the game under control, but the Warriors were energized by their reserve unit in the second quarter. Jarrett Jack was great (15 points, eight assists).

Meanwhile, the Nets managed just 13 bench points.

Reggie Evans returned after missing a game with the flu, but had just three rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

The Warriors now improve to 12-7 while the Nets fall to 11-7.