Mired in a deep shooting slump, Klay Thompson could not have picked a better night to regain that sweet stroke of his.
Thompson, who finished with 23 points, knocked down three 3-pointers and was 10-19 from the field as the Warriors overcame an early 12-point deficit to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 102-93.
Brooklyn had complete control of the game in the first quarter, shooting an astounding 74 percent and outscoring the Warriors 30-18. The tempo was in favor of the Nets all throughout the first quarter, as the teams went back-and-forth in time-consuming half-court sets, which obviously was an advantage to the Nets. Brook Lopez was a monster in the paint, scoring 12 points in the first half.
But the Warriors would slowly chip away at the Brooklyn lead. They played much better defense in the second quarter and got within 46-41 at halftime.
Golden State dominated the third quarter, which has been a problematic period for them this season. This was the time where Thompson broke out of his slump, fueling the Warriors’ 14-3 run to finish the quarter. He had 12 points in the third period alone, including two 3-pointers.
Stephen Curry wrapped it up with a bang, completing a four-point play in the final seconds to put the Warriors up the eight heading into the fourth.
The Nets were never allowed back into the game in the final frame, as the Warriors pushed the lead to as much as 14 and pulled off a huge victory against a confident and experienced team.
Game Notes: All three members of the “Big Three” (Curry, Thompson, David Lee) scored 20+ points. Lee had 20 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists…Richard Jefferson had an MRI before the game and is day-to-day with a right calf strain…Brandon Rush returned to Oracle Arena for the first time since his season-ending injury on opening night.