Warriors Survive Late-Game Surge from Nets, Win 124-113
After completing an incredible comeback win over the New York Knicks, the Golden State Warriors (5-1) played the other team in the big apple, the Brooklyn Nets (2-3). While the Warriors were coming off of a Kevin Durant explosion in a big win, the Nets were coming off of an extremely tough loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Warriors were looking to extend their winning streak to four games, but would have to do so without Shaun Livingston, who was out while resting his injured foot. The Golden State Warriors went on to win 120-11.4
Jarrett Allen got the Nets going in the first quarter with a block on Damian Jones before throwing down a dunk on the other end. The Nets were on a 5-2 run to start the game but Stephen Curry ended the run with his first three of the afternoon. Klay made a layup before Joe Harris and Steph exchanged threes. D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert then made threes on consecutive possessions to give the Nets a nice lead. Steve Kerr called timeout after the LeVert three with 7:28 left in the quarter and the Nets leading 14-10. Draymond Green got a runner to fall to start the scoring after the stoppage, but the Nets quickly got on a run that was capped off with a rainbow three from D’Angelo Russell. The Warriors answered back with an elbow jumper from Draymond and another three from Stephen Curry before the Nets called timeout. They called that timeout with 4:41 left in the quarter and their lead at 23-19. Caris LeVert drilled a stepback three for the Nets after that timeout, but the Warriors came back to tie the game after an easy layup and free throws after both Steph and KD got fouled while shooting threes. KD gave the Warriors the lead by getting a tough layup to fall in transition, and the Warriors were on a 9-0 run. Steph made a left handed hook shot to get the lead to four and the run to 11-0. Shabazz Napier made a three to end the run, but the Warriors got the last laugh of the period when Steph made a floater with six seconds left. Stephen Curry was the leading scorer so far, with 16 points on 5/8 shooting. Caris LeVert led the Nets with 10 points. After the first quarter, the Warriors led the Nets 32-29.
Draymond Green hit a tough turnaround jumper to get the scoring started in the second quarter. The Warriors were rolling, and were doing so thanks to Klay Thompson, who hit two mid range jumpers and a bank shot from around the hoop in the first few minutes. The Nets were still making some shots, like a three from Joe Harris, but the Warriors had extended the lead to eight points when the Nets called timeout. The timeout was called with 8:25 left in the half and the Warriors leading 42-34. Allen Crabbe drilled a corner three out of the timeout to get the Nets going again, Alfonzo McKinnie threw down a powerful slam in transition to respond to the three though. The Nets looked like they were getting some momentum going for a moment, but then Stephen Curry checked back into the game which sparked a run that got the Warriors an 11-point lead. That run was capped off by a deep three from KD and a nice layup by Steph after weaving through the defense. The run forced a timeout from the Nets with 5:06 left to play and the Warriors leading 50-39. Caris LeVert made a fadeaway to halt the run and get the Nets going after the stoppage. Jordan Bell got the Warriors going with a bank shot from under the hoop, Stephen Curry hit his fourth three of the game, and Draymond Green got a layup to fall in transition. The Warriors were on fire. Kevin Durant nailed a three from the wing before Stephen Curry drilled his fifth three of the game (record) on a heat-check in transition. The heat-check from Steph was the last basket of the half, and it marked his seventh-straight game with five or more threes, which is a new NBA record. At halftime the Golden State Warriors led the Brooklyn Nets 63-49.
Stephen Curry led all scorers with 24 points on 8/14 shooting, he just remained as hot as ever. Kevin Durant had 14 points on 5/9 shooting while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists. Draymond Green was making plays all over the floor with eight points, eight assists, and two steals. The Nets were led by Caris LeVert with 12 points on 5/10 shooting. The Warriors combined to shoot 56.8% (25/44) from the field and 46.7% (7/15) from three while the Nets shot 41.9% (18/43) from the floor and 45% (9/20) from three.
The Warriors came out in the third quarter and were still rolling. They outscored the Nets 13-11 before the Nets called their first time out of the half. The Nets were hitting tough shots, but the Warriors were still playing tough defense. Those tough shots included a three from Caris Levert, a fadeaway baseline jumper from Jared dudley, and a tough jumper over Steph by D’Angelo Russell. The Warriors were running their offense, making great passes, and scoring in any way imaginable. Damian Jones threw down a nice lob, but Steph was still providing the highlight plays. He had a tough reverse layup in transition before nailing a deep three to send the Nets to the timeout. The stoppage occurred with 6;42 left in the quarter and the Warriors leading 76-60. Caris LeVert got a tough and-1 shot to fall from under the hoop to get the action started after the stoppage. The two teams continued to go back-and-forth in between stoppages, with neither team really grabbing momentum. Alfonzo McKinnie had a nice block from behind before nailing a tough runner off the glass on the other end. Spencer Dinwiddie hit a three for the Nets, but highlight plays weren’t coming easy for either team between the timeouts. Steve Kerr called timeout with 2:31 left in the quarter and the Warriors leading 84-71. Spencer Dinwiddie nailed a three after the timeout to try and get the Nets back into it, but Alfonzo McKinnie had other plans, drilling a three of his own before making a tough putback shot, forcing a timeout from the Nets with 51.9 left in the third and the Warriors leading 93-74. Spencer Dinwiddie nailed a three just before the buzzer for the lone basket after that stoppage. After the third quarter the Warriors led the Nets 93-77. Stephen Curry was the game’s leading scorer with 29 points and KD was close behind with 22. The Warriors shot a combined 50.7% (34/67) from the floor and 37.5% (9/24) from three. Caris LeVert had 18 points for the Nets who were shooting a combined 43.8% (28/64) from the floor and 48.1% (13/27) from three.
Spencer Dinwiddie drilled a corner three to open the fourth quarter for the Nets, but Klay Thompson answered back with a falling away shot from the baseline. Allen Crabbe made a three from the wing and the Nets were looking to get back into this game. They managed to cut the lead to 10 points, but then KD and Klay thompson responded by making three-straight shots to get the lead to 16 points and force a timeout from the Nets with 8:46 left in the game. At the time of the timeout, the Warriors led 101-85. The Warriors were still rolling after the timeout, Klay hit his first three of the game, KD nailed another elbow jumper, and Andre Iguodala threw down a lob. The Nets still managed to claw their way back into the game though. Allen Crabbe and D’Angelo Russell both hit threes and the Nets cut the lead to nine points, forcing a timeout from Steve Kerr. The Warriors called timeout with 7:17 left in the game and were leading 108-99 at the stoppage. KD hit a turnaround jumper from the elbow to get the scoring started after the stoppage, but Caris LeVert drilled a three in response. Jarrett Allen got a shot to fall from under the hoop to fall and it was a six-point game. Caris LeVert threw down a two-handed slam off a backdoor cut to get the lead down to four points. The dunk forced a timeout from Kerr as his offense was struggling. The timeout was called with 3:03 left in the game and the Warriors leading 110-106. D’Angelo Russell got a tough layup to foul and the lead was down to two, but KD nailed a shot after the Warriors had gone 0/8 on their last eight shots to get the lead back to four. Stephen Curry then drilled a three from the top of the arc. Steph got blocked on the next possession before Jarrett Allen got a layup to fall, and the lead wsa down to five. The Nets played the foul game for the next minute, but the Warriors hung on to win 120-114.
Stephen Curry finished with 35 points on 11/26 shooting (7/15 3PA) while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. Kevin Durant was close behind with 34 points on 11/20 shooting with eight rebounds and six assists. The MVP duo that leads this Warriors team has been as formidable as ever. Klay Thompson added 18 points on 8/17 shooting, he did make a three but is clearly still working through some struggles from deep (1/5 3PA). Alfonzo McKinnie was impressive off the bench with nine points, and has filled the void left by Patrick McCaw very nicely. Andre Iguodala added eight points. The Warriors combined to shoot 49.4% (44/89) from the field and 33.3% (11/33) from deep.
D’Angelo Russell got hot late in the game and in doing so led the Nets in total scoring with 25 points on 9/14 shooting. Caris LeVert had his fifth 20-point game of the season and finished with 23 points on 9/18 shooting. Allen Crabbe added 14, Spencer Dinwiddie had 12, and Jarrett Allen had 11 points. The Nets shot a combined 48.3% (42/87) from the field and 47.6% (20/42) from three.
Stephen Curry had another great scoring night, and in the process he broke the record for most consecutive games with at least five made threes by doing it in his seventh-straight game. The record was held by George McCloud and was set in the 1995-96 NBA season. Steph had been on fire so far to start the year, and is on pace to have a better year than he did in 2014-15 and 2015-16, and he won the MVP in both those years. While it may be unlikely for him to win that award because he has another candidate on his team, he has still been outstanding to start the year.
The other MVP candidate on the Warriors is Kevin Durant. He had 34 points tonight after scoring 41 against the Knicks on Friday night. He’s just been downright dominant this season, just as much as Stephen Curry has. He just does it all so effortlessly that it can be swept under the rug, but it shouldn’t be. The MVP duo has been playing better together than they have at any point in their tenure together. That is one of the reasons that I have a hard time believing Durant will just walk away after this season. This season has seen them grow to have the full symbiotic relationship that the NBA has been dreading for the last two seasons.
This was a good win for the Warriors, and they got out of Brooklyn with a good ‘ol fashioned New York sweep.
The Golden State Warriors play next tomorrow in Illinois against the Chicago Cubs at 5:00 p.m.