The Brooklyn Nets had three people scoring double figures and Jarret Jack who was one of the three Brooklyn Players to do so nearly had a double double as he finished the game with 26 points and 9 assists. Interim coach Luke Walton said Barbosa is expected to return to the team by Monday.
That allowed the Nets (1-9) to jump out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter, and to stay ahead until a Curry shot with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter gave the Warriors an 86-85 lead. Stephen Curry was ice cold in the first half, but his shooting improved and 21 of his 34 points came after half-time as the Warriors fought their way back into the game and briefly put them in front going into the last minute. Brook Lopez missed a game winning tip-in with a half-second left on the clock at the end of the regulation, forcing the game to overtime.
Heading into Friday night’s slate of games, Green leads the league in point differential (+16.0) and the Warriors have outscored opponents by 22.0 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor, per NBA.com. Look for the Nets to take the good from this game and move on to face the Hawks at home on Tuesday.
The Warriors extended their franchise-best win streak to 11 in a row, but not before the Brooklyn Nets, of all teams, gave them a serious scare. Eric Bledsoe played just three quarters for his 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Phoenix Suns cruised to a 105-81 win against the Denver Nuggets.
“We feel like we should have had this one“, Lopez said.
Ten games is an admittedly small sample size, but Green’s looks from beyond the arc have been quality, confident shots.
It’s not that Curry is doing anything new – he’s still a lights-out shooter with impossible range, a hypnotizing ball-handler, and clever passer – but he’s simply gotten better at everything. If Jack can continue this level of play, the Nets will continue to be as competitive as they were against the reigning National Basketball Association champs. “(Joe Johnson) put it on a platter and I just, I blew it“, Lopez said.
Despite good games from Thaddeus Young and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the best player on the court for the Nets tonight was point guard Jarrett Jack. But the stubborn Nets, led by Jack, stabilized in the third quarter took a 77-70 lead into the final period. It’s just the seventh regular-season game Thompson has missed in his five-year career.
“We were very fortunate to have a shot“, said Curry, who posted his seventh 30-point game of the season. And then Andre came up huge. Of his 66 total assists, 10 have come to Festus Ezeli, usually by drawing the defense in and finding the Warriors’ promising big man for easy alley-oops and dunks.