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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Warriors 93, Nets 86

By Mike Mazzeo

The Brooklyn Nets sure could use a rebounder/rim protector.

Not sure if Jason Collins or Glen Davis will prove to the answer -- assuming the Nets are able to sign one of them -- but either would help.

The Nets were outrebounded 50-39 and lost the points in the paint battle 52-38 in their 93-86 loss to the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at ORACLE Arena.

What it means: The Nets (25-28) didn’t play well, but certainly had a chance to win.

Things fall apart: Jermaine O’Neal hit a couple free throws to snap an 86-all tie. Joe Johnson then missed an 11-footer and had a turnover. Then Stephen Curry banked in a 3-pointer to make it 91-86 Warriors, because of course he did.

Deron Williams looks like he did get his confidence back, though. Williams was in control all night long, finishing with 20 points, six assists and two turnovers.

Following his 27-point outing, Johnson went just 5-for-16 from the field, finishing with 15 points and four turnovers.

Andray Blatche played a really strong all-around game, notching 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

The Nets, who rallied back from deficits of 12 (first quarter) and 11 (third quarter), went just 2-for-21 from 3-point range.

O’Neal had 23 points and 13 rebounds, his most points since March of 2010.

Livingston hurt: Shaun Livingston suffered a bruised tailbone after landing on his back upon being fouled hard on a drive to the rim in the first quarter. He went to the locker room in the second quarter and did not return. X-rays were negative.

Missing men: David Lee (stomach) and Andrew Bogut (shoulder) did not play for the Warriors, while Marcus Thornton (food poisoning) was unable to make his Nets’ debut.

Up next: The Nets complete their latest back-to-back set when they face the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night at Staples Center.