The Golden State Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 124-120 on Saturday night, leaning on an immaculate offensive performance from Steph Curry. While young Nets guard Cam Thomas scored 41 points on 15-for-24 shooting from the field, Steph finished 14-for-22 from the field (6-for-8 from three) with 37 points despite facing an onslaught of defensive coverage.
While Brandin Podziemski had a difficult shooting night in his first start over Andrew Wiggins, the rookie first-round pick bounced back on Saturday. He once again filled the stat sheet with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and a block, but he also added 19 points on fairly efficient shooting (7-for-15 from the field and 4-for-9 from three). Wiggins remained baffling inconsistent, but did add 14 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.
The Warriors led for the vast majority of the game, but an 18-point lead late in the second quarter (and early third quarter) would be the largest gap between the two squads all night. As Thomas caught fire, and the Nets began chipping away at the Dubs advantage, Curry did more and more to take over the game.
Curry scored five consecutive Warriors field goals, dropping 12 points in less than two mintues. The Nets defense grew more and more committed to forcing the ball out of Curry’s hands, eventually the Warriors capitalized. The Nets deployed a double team, giving Podziemski leading a 4-3 from the top of the key. He found a wide open Klay Thompson, who knocked down a three.
Thompson would make another triple on the Dubs next possession, but both he and Podziemski missed wide-open looks that likely would have put the game out of reach. Still, despite the Nets continued offensive efforts, Curry found a way to turn a double team into a give-and-go that resulted in a one-handed bank shot to put Golden State up 122-118 with less than a minute left in regulation, that would prove to be enough.