The Warriors went crazy. It’s as simple as that. The Warriors once again came into this game undersized and outmanned, and won by a touchdown a–109-102 — and their second half defense was incredible.
In the first quarter, the Warriors were down 21-14, and the Nets were determined to win. Joe Johnson, especially, went crazy and Deron Williams looked like a true facilitator out there. There was more life and more energy for the Nets. A Warriors’ run cut into the lead, and the game was 31-24 at the end of the first quarter. Joe Johnson had 15.
They key stat of the second quarter was the offensive rebounding. On some possessions, the Nets would have three opportunities to score the ball.
The tempo quickened, but the Nets somehow were able to keep up with the change easily. The bench unit for both teams played well, but offensive rebounding and Andre Blatche were killing the Warriors. After taking the lead 55-52, the Nets jumped out and went on a 9-0 run to end the half. They lead 63-55 at the end of it. The main matchup for the half was Klay Thompson vs Joe Johnson.
In the third quarter, the Warriors shooting took off and they developed their reputation as great shooters. The Warriors scored so many shots, especially behind the brilliance of Curry who finished with 28 points, 21 in the second half. He hit four three-pointers in the third quarter. Although Klay Thompson didn’t play very well in the second half, he was able to limit Joe Johnson to a slow 11 point half. The Warriors’ red hot shooting granted them an 84-82 lead by the end of the third quarter, with the Nets getting the friendly whistle from the home refs.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors and Nets went back and forth. When David Lee scored six straight points, the Warriors lead by six with 6:00 left. Pretty soon, behind Draymond Green’s rebounding, the Warriors had a nine-point lead and never looked back. They eventually won by seven in their first game played at Barclays Center. David Lee scored 30 points and 15 rebounds.
The Warriors improve to 12-7, and they face the Wizards tomorrow in Washington.