Durant, Cook, and Klay combine for 79 points as Warriors Beat Brooklyn, Win 116-100.
After a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that snapped an eight-game win streak, the Golden State Warriors (10-2) were looking to bounce back against the Brooklyn Nets (6-6). The Warriors were facing an uphill battle though as Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Shaun Livingston were all out with injuries. Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko got the start in place of their injured teammates, but the Warriors were still lacking their usual firepower. The Nets were coming off of a two-point win over the Denver Nuggets, and were playing their second leg of a back-to-back. These two teams played an entertaining game earlier this season, and this matchup was just as entertaining as the Golden State Warriors went on to win 116-100.
D’Angelo Russell got the first quarter started with a mid range jumper for the Nets, and he hit a three on their next possession. Kevin Durant ended the 5-0 run with a lay-in after grabbing an offensive rebound. The Warriors looked like they could have grabbed an early lead and a lot of momentum, but they shot themselves in the foot. Klay Thompson blew a layup and got a technical foul, the Warriors kept fouling the Nets, and they weren’t playing effective defense. The Nets were doing a lot of scoring from around the rim and at the free throw line early, whereas the Warriors were struggling to run their offense. Quinn Cook hit two mid range jumpers early to try and right the ship, but after an easy bucket at the rim for the Nets, Steve Kerr called timeout. He called it with 8:48 left in the quarter the Nets leading 11-8. Kevin Durant got a jumper to fall to get the scoring started after the stoppage, but the Nets scored a fast five points on a D’Angelo Russell bucket and a Joe Harris three. KD hit a three for the Warriors first basket from beyond the arc, and that helped get the Warriors rolling on offense. Kevin Durant started scoring with ease from the mid range, and Quinn Cook bottomed a three to give the Warriors a lead. That shot from Quinn Cook forced a timeout from the Nets with 5:22 remaining and the Warriors leading 22-20. Jarrett Allen made two free throws to get the scoring started again, and Quinn Cook answered back with a mid range jumper. The Warriors were running hard and were playing in transition to close out the quarter, and their offense felt almost Warriors-like, or as Warriors-like as it can be without Stephen Curry. KD managed to get to the line a couple more times and finished the quarter with 13 points on 4/8 shooting. Alfonzo McKinnie had a pretty impressive layup in traffic, and Quinn Cook had nine points on 4/4 shooting in the quarter. The Nets were playing hard like they always do, and they were hanging with the Warriors. The Nets were only down six points at the end of the quarter as Spencer Dinwiddie got a tough layup to fall in the closing seconds. D’Angelo Russell had 10 points to lead the Nets and Dinwiddie was close behind with eight. After the first quarter the Warriors led 36-30.
Klay Thompson hit a mid range jumper to get the scoring started in the second quarter, and Joe Harris got the Nets going with a deep three. Harris hit another three to pull the Nets within two points, and that’s how the second quarter played out for the first half of it. The two teams were going back-and-forth, up-and-down with each other, but the Warriors never got a lead higher than four, and the Nets never re-took the lead, but they did tie it at one point. The Warriors were getting some nice looks, and hitting a decent amount of them, especially off of Klay pick-and-pops from the left elbow, but the Nets were sticking around no matter what. When the Nets tied the game, Quinn Cook hit a mid range jumper and threw a lob for Damian Jones that Jones graciously threw down with the ferocity of Zeus throwing down a thunderbolt. The dunk forced a timeout with 6:25 left in the half and the Warriors leading 48-44. Quinn Cook nailed two free throws to start the scoring again and give the Warriors a six-point lead, the Nets answered with a basket, but Quinn Cook nailed a three in response, he was on fire. The two teams then traded baskets for the next couple of minutes, punctuated by a three from Quinn Cook (who was 7-7 with 19 points) and a layup from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Steve Kerr called timeout after the layup as it appeared that Jordan Bell was kneed in an unmentionable area, but when timeout was called with 3:10 left in the quarter the Warriors had a 59-53 lead. Kevin Durant hit a Dirk-like fadeaway to get the scoring started again, and he hit another tough mid-range jumper to extend the lead to 10 points. Durant scored the final two points of the quarter with two free throws, and the Warriors held the Nets scoreless after the timeout. When the halftime buzzer sounded the Warriors led the Nets 65-53.
Quinn Cook was leading the way for the Warriors with 19 points on 7/8 shooting and had a team-high five rebounds, and Durant also had 19 points on 6/12 shooting with seven assists. The two old-friends were doing their best to fill the scoring void left by Steph’s injury. Klay Thompson had 10 points on 5/9 shooting, Jonas Jerebko had six points, and Jordan Bell had four points. As a team the Warriors shot a ridiculous 65.8% (25/38) from the floor and 80% from three (4/5). The Nets were led by Joe Harris, who had 19 points on 7/10 shooting (3/4 from three). D’Angelo Russell had 12 points on 5/13, and Spencer Dinwiddie had eight points on 3/5 shooting. The Nets shot a combined 42.2% (19/44) from the floor and 26.7% (4/15) from three.
Jarrett Allen threw down a dunk to start the third quarter for the Nets, but neither team scored again in the first three minutes before KD nailed a mid range jumper and Jonas Jerebko got a shot to fall. The Warriors were 0/8 in the half before KD made his jumper. Damian Jones threw down an and-1 dunk and forced a Nets timeout with 7:47 left in the quarters and the Warriors leading 71-55. Spencer Dinwiddie got a beautiful layup to fall to start the scoring after the stoppage, Klay answered back with a jumper from the elbow, but Allen Crabbe hit a three to keep the Nets rolling. Klay Thompson nailed a three on the next possession before Damian Jones got a tough dunk off of a beautiful assist from KD. The Warriors were rolling again as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson both hit open mid range jumpers, and the true heat-check came on an and-1 running bankshot from Andre Iguodala, which he hit. Timeout was called with 2:49 left in the quarter, and the Warriors had a 88-68 lead. Shabazz Napier hit a mid range jumper to get the Nets on the board after the timeout, and the two teams didn’t do too much scoring in the final minutes of the quarter, but the Warriors still hung onto their-20 point lead. Kevin Durant was leading the Warriors with 28 points on 9/15 shooting with 11 assists, five rebounds, three steals, and a block. The Nets were still led by Joe Harris with 19 points. The Warriors combined to shoot 57.1% (36/63) from the floor and 38.5% (5/13) from three while the Nets shot 46.7% (28/60) from the field and 25% (5/20) from three. After the third quarter the Warriors led the Nets 94-74.
DeMarre Carroll got the fourth quarter started with a cutting layup, and Klay answered with a turnaround baseline jumper. Joe Harris made a three for his fist basket of the second half, and it gave him 22 points, just one-shy of his career high. Klay Thompson drilled a tough three, to give the Warriors a 20-point lead again, but Joe Harris got a cutting layup to fall to give him a career-high 24 points. Quinn Cook made a mid range jumper to get the Warriors their 20-point lead again and force a Brooklyn timeout with 8:17 left in the game and the Warriors leading 101-81. Quinn Cook beat the shot-clock buzzer with a deep two to start the scoring after the stoppage, and Klay nailed a shot on the next possession. Kenneth Faried threw down a lob for the Nets first points, and Alfonzo McKinnie answered back with a dunk. The Warriors then got their two-way players in the game and it was officially garbage time. The Nets did cut the lead down from 20 points to 16 in the closing minutes, but the Warriors still were able to keep putting points up and secure the win. Marcus Derrickson made his first NBA basket late in the quarter, so that was really cool. The Warriors hung on to win 116-100.
Kevin Durant finished as the leading scorer for the Warriors with 28 points on 9/15 shooting while also dishing out 11 assists, grabbing five rebounds, getting three steals, and blocking one shot. Quinn Cook was PHENOMENAL tonight with 27 points on 11/16 shooting with five rebounds and four assists. Klay Thompson finished with 24 points on 11/20 shooting and hit some of the toughest shots of the night. Damian Jones and Jonas Jerebko both had eight points, Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell had five points. The Warriors finished the game shooting a combined 55.4% (46/83) from the floor, 43.8% (7/16) from three, and 81% (17/21) form the charity stripe.
Joe Harris led the Nets in scoring with a career-high 24 points on 9/12 shooting (4/6 from three). Shabazz Napier and Spencer Dinwiddie both added 14 points of their own. D’Angelo Russell was the only other Net in double figures with 12 points on 5/16 shooting. The Nets finished the game shooting a combined 46.8% (36/77) from the floor, 29.2% (7/24) from three, and 72.4% (21/29) from the line.
While Kevin Durant looked as great as he ever has for the Warriors with his 28 points, the real story of the game was Quinn Cook. He was incredible while filling in for Stephen Curry, and that is no small feat as Steph is the NBA’s leading scorer so far this season. Cook looked confident and was taking and making some shots that were incredibly impressive. He was great when willing in for Steph last season as well, and last season I coined the nickname “the Sous Chef” for Cook, because he always steps up when the Chef goes down. Regardless of how much credit I deserve for coming up with one of the greatest nicknames ever, Quinn Cook has truly become a great player for the Warriors and it still remains astounding to me that he didn’t stick with any of the other teams he was on before he landed in Golden State.
The Warriors wrapped up their five-game homestand with a win, and went 4-1 on the homestand, but now they have a tough week ahead of them. They have five games next week, but they are likely to be graced by the return of Steph, Draymond, and Shaun during that time.
The Golden State Warriors play next on Monday, November 12, in Los Angeles against the Clippers at 7:30 p.m.