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[sny-box] This game came right down to the wire and featured eight lead changes and eight ties. The Nets tied the score at the 2:26 mark of the fourth quarter and then relied on strong free-throw shooting late to earn the victory.
Brooklyn received a balanced attack. Joe Johnson led the Nets with 27 points, and four others Nets – Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Andray Blatche – all finished in double figures.
Stephen Curry led all scorers with 34 points on 11-of-25 shooting. David Lee tallied 20 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors.
The Warriors turned the ball over 18 times, and the Nets managed 22 points off those turnovers. Brooklyn also held a 36-17 advantage in bench points.
With the Warriors leading by 16 before many fans even settled into their seats, this was shaping up to be another typical 30-point Nets’ laugher. But a huge effort in the second quarter, in which the Nets scored a season-high 37 points, got Brooklyn back into the game.
The third quarter was rough for both teams, but the final frame featured some exciting basketball. Stated as simply as possible: This was a huge win, especially playing without Deron Williams.
The matchup favored the Warriors and their three-point shooters against a team in the Nets that has struggled defending the three all season. Golden State drained six of its first seven three-point attempts but only hit three of its last 19.
The Warriors were also the hottest team in the league having won 10 straight games. But it’s the Nets now that have won a season-high four straight games. It has to be the tieless Kidd!
Garnett really came up big in the fourth quarter. After just two points in limited minutes through the first three frames, “The Big Ticket” scored 11 points in the fourth to will the Nets to victory.
Meanwhile, “Andray and Andrei” continue to give the Nets clutch minutes off the bench. Kirilenko especially is such a smart player, and several times he made big steals or heads-up plays to get the team the ball.
All of a sudden, the Nets are back to .500 (9-9) at home.
Brooklyn closes out its four-game homestand Friday when the team hosts the Miami Heat in another tough matchup. Tip is set for 8:00 PM.