Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets were defeated by the Golden State Warriors 102-93 in a game where the Nets got off to a hot start, but were consistently outscored in the final three quarters. The Nets will not make any excuses but Brooklyn’s Backcourt may have been fatigued. Last night, the Nets lost to the Lakers in a hard fought game that went down to the wire. In that game, Brooklyn’s guards were able to force turnovers and score on fast-breaks and odd-man rushes. Tonight, they could not get any quick buckets and their three point shooting was off as they went 6 of 23 free behind the arc (26.1%).
Perhaps the biggest play of the game came at the end of the third quarter, when Brooklyn was down by 4 points. With time expiring in the quarter, the Nets had a foul to give. C.J. Watson tried to foul Stephen Curry above the three point line, but he did not foul hard enough and Curry was able to get off a three point shot and bury it. He made the free throw to complete the four point play and give the Warriors an 8 point lead and all the momentum going into the 4th quarter.
Once again, Brook Lopez was a bright spot offensively for the Nets as he led the team with 22 point on 10-16 shooting. Lopez was extremely aggressive driving towards the basket all night, taking advantage of smaller Warriors defenders. On the negative side, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and C.J. Watson combined for just 22 points on a combined 9-30 shooting. Surprisingly, Stephen Curry and the Warriors’ defense disrupted Williams all night. It bears noting that Lopez had 3 rebounds in 28 minutes.
On defense, the Nets could not contain the Warriors after the first quarter. Stephen Curry finished with 25 points and Klay Thompson had 23. David Lee had a monster double double, finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Jarrett Jack added 9 assists.
Gerald Wallace did not play tonight as a precautionary measure to ease his way back into the lineup after missing 6 straight games with an ankle injury. The Nets definitely could have used his defense, rebounding, and overall hustle tonight. The Nets also missed Stackhouse tonight, as he sat the game out. Keith Bogans started in Wallace’s place and was taken advantage of on the defensive end on a few occasions. Off the bench, Childress played 18 minutes, after not seeing the court at all against the Lakers.
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