Three words: Please Carmelo, please!
On a Martin Luther King Day matinee, the New Jersey Nets dropped their sixth straight contest as they fell to the Golden State Warriors, 109-100. The game marks the official halfway point for the Nets this season.
It hasn’t been too pretty thus far for New Jersey, who now sit at 10-31 and, even worse, 3-21 on the road. The Nets dropped all four games of their recent western road trip.
The Warriors jumped out to an early seven-point lead in this one, but the Nets were able to stay close as they seem to have done all year. Former New York Knick David Lee looked great in the first quarter with 10 points and six rebounds. Monta Ellis added nine points of his own.
The Nets tied the game at 28 in the closing seconds of the first on a fade-away jumper by Jordan Farmer. New Jersey’s bench contributed nicely early, scoring 13 points in the quarter.
Stephen Curry found himself in foul trouble early but gave the Warriors a momentum boost midway through the second quarter. Golden State was able to reopen a seven-point lead.
New Jersey allowed 14 points off turnovers in the first half which led to the Warriors leading 54-46 at the break.
Golden State opened the second half strong and increased their lead to 11. Both teams looked sloppy in the third quarter, but the Nets were less sloppy. New Jersey went on a 10-2 run to cut the Warrior lead to three.
The lead continued to fluctuate as the Warriors could not bury the Nets. Late in the third, the Nets got to within five after trailing minutes earlier by 10.
Early in the fourth quarter, Golden State showed their tremendous offensive prowess, with Ellis and Reggie Williams taking over. The Warriors led by 13 with eight minutes to go.
But once again, the Nets hung in there. A 7-0 New Jersey run cut the Warrior lead to six with 5:22 remaining.
Following missed opportunities and turnovers, the Nets were down again by double digits, but this time they were not able to come roaring back.
Ellis came into the game averaging 25.7 points per game and matched that mark with 26 today. He also added nine assists. Lee finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.
Brook Lopez and Devin Harris led the Nets with 20 and 19 points respectively. Kris Humphries recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sasha Vujacic scored 16 points off the bench for the Nets.
New Jersey will look to end their losing streak Wednesday as they return to “The Rock” to take on Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz. Hopefully, there will be some favorable developments to the Carmelo Anthony saga by then.