An energetic start led to an early lead for the Warriors as Klay Thompson torched the Nets, drilling his first three shots for eight points in the first 2:13 of the game. The way that he's shooting on this road trip, it's starting to look like Klay has recovered from his back issues. The early outside shooting of the Splash Brothers made backdoor cuts easy money for the remainder of the quarter.
Draymond Green deserves a great deal of credit for disrupting the Brooklyn defense in the first quarter with strong attacks to the lane, but the highlight was a beautiful pass on the break from Iguodola to Stephen Curry.
The Warriors accumulated 5 blocks while shooting 61% from the field in the first quarter, holding New Jersey to 26% shooting. All was good in the eyes of Dub Nation.
And then the tides turned. Brooklyn fought back from a 30-16 deficit at the end of the first quarter to cut the lead to three points at halftime. Warriors' turnovers and 40% free throw shooting were largely responsible for Brooklyn's comeback, with even Curry shooting 0-for-3 from the line and making a series of careless turnovers toward the end of the half. Just before halftime, the wily Jarrett Jack suckered Ian Clark into a foul on a three point shot and Joe Johnson drilled a three pointer to cap a 12-0 run to drop the lead to 57-54. That said, it's worth noting that Curry dropped this shot from the parking lot.
Curry showing off his range. https://t.co/Y55YvMSZX3— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) December 7, 2015
The second half didn't start any better for the Dubs. Their shooting went cold as the Nets' Thaddeus Young got hot in leading the Nets to a five point lead midway through the third quarter, but once Festus Ezeli came back into the game the Warriors seemed to right the ship. His block of Shane Larkin led to a bucket for Curry at the other end. On the ensuing Nets possession, Ezeli grabbed the rebound and sent Curry on his way to this three pointer.
steph: "that’s what we do" pic.twitter.com/6fj6TQZX0Y— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) December 7, 2015
Curry and Ezeli continued to work well together for the remainder of the quarter. First, Curry set up Ezeli for a gorgeous alley-oop. Festus then returned the favor by sending a nice bounce pass to a cutting Curry for a three point play.
Before the Nets knew what happened, the Warriors took an 87-80 lead into the fourth quarter.
Once the fourth quarter started, it was clear that win number 22 on the season was on the way. The reserves came in on fire and turned off the turnover machine that plagued the team earlier. Most remarkable during the stretch were a driving lefty layup from Festus Ezeli over Brook Lopez and a running and-1 layup from Speights. Ezeli was a beast on the boards and Leandro Barbosa came up with multiple steals and three point shots as the lead crept up to 17 with six minutes to play when some of the Warriors' starters checked back in to the game. The Nets pulled their starters with about four minutes remaining, conceding the victory to the undefeated defending champs.
Notes from the Game
- Draymond made both of his three point attempts in the game after missing his prior 14 attempts - very encouraging. He played brilliantly, as usual, making 7-of-10 shots for 22 points to go with his 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
- Festus Ezeli was phenomenal with twelve points, five rebounds, and four blocks in 20 minutes.
- Although he struggled from the free throw line, Stephen Curry shot 5-of-9 for three and finished with 28 points to lead the team.
- The Warriors recorded 9 blocks as a team.