The Golden State Warriors showed up at Barclays Center on Wednesday, Jan. 8 with a 10-game winning streak and a chance to become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated on a seven-game road trip. The Brooklyn Nets denied them a place in the record books with a gritty performance in a 102-98 win and extended their own winning streak to a season-high four games.
Stephen Curry led all scorers with 34 points, but he also committed seven turnovers. David Lee was Golden State's second-leading scorer with 20, but he coughed up five of team's 18 turnovers. Brooklyn led in points off turnovers 22-12 as the Dubs finally stumbled.
Joe Johnson's 27 points paced the Nets past the Warriors' high-powered offense. Andray Blatche came up with 17 points off the bench as his fadeaway jumpers were falling. Kevin Garnett turned back the clock with 11 of his 13 points in the deciding quarter.
In a seesaw first half, the Nets trailed 32-16 before compiling a 43-20 run to finish the second quarter. The Warriors were draining three-pointers at will to open the game, beginning 6-of-7, but they bricked their 16 of their final 19 triples. Curry shot just 2-of-10 from downtown.
Golden State took a four-point lead with 4:06 to play, but they failed to score another point until there were just nine seconds remaining. Credit goes to the Nets defense, especially the bench contributions of Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko and Mirza Teletovic. With Deron Williams sitting out due to a sprained left ankle according to NBA.com, the Nets proved their mettle and their depth.
The Warriors fall to 24-14, while the Brooklyn Nets move to 14-21. After the Detroit Pistons' 112-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors, the Nets move into eighth place and a playoff seed in the diluted East.