Thursday, November 22, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Warriors 102, Nets 93
By Mike Mazzeo
WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets wrapped up their three-game West Coast road trip with a letdown.
After shooting 73.7 percent in the first quarter, the Nets went ice cold from the field, blew a 13-point lead and fell to the Golden State Warriors 102-93 on Wednesday night.
The Nets, who have lost two straight and dropped to 6-4, ended up going 24-for-64 from the field (37.5 percent) in the final 36 minutes.
It didn’t help that they were playing the second half of a back-to-back following a tough loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Then again, you expect more from a team with championship aspirations.
BACKCOURT BLUNDERS: Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined to go 9-for-25 from the field. D-Will contributed eight assists, but Johnson continues to under-perform. The 31-year-old shooting guard, who is making $19.75 million this season, opened the game by going 3-for-3, then proceeded to go 2-for-10 the rest of the way. In his past four games, Johnson is shooting 31 percent (18-for-58). D-Will had to have his right elbow treated by trainer Tim Walsh after appearing to re-injure it with 4:32 left in the third quarter.
THIRD IS THE BAD WORD: The NBA’s worst third-quarter team was outscored 33-20 by the Warriors in the period and trailed 74-66 going to the fourth.
MAMA, THERE GOES THAT MAN: Sorry, just had to throw in Warriors coach Mark Jackson’s favorite catch phrase when he was the color guy on the YES telecasts. Jackson’s backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 48 points, and sparked Golden State’s third-quarter surge.
EXPLOITS OF BROOK-LYN: Dunks. Driving layups. Even a baseline banker. Brook Lopez had it going on again Thursday, scoring 22 points on an efficient 10-for-16 from the field. He’d like to have more than three rebounds, though.
CAROM COUNTER: Through 10 games, Lopez has grabbed 61 rebounds.
HOT START: The Nets went 14-for-19 from the field in the first quarter and led 30-18 after the opening 12 minutes.
MIRZA GETS RUN: Mirza Teletovic saw his first action since Nov. 9 and scored two points in six fourth-quarter minutes.
INJURY REPORT: Gerald Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse both sat out so they could get rest prior to the upcoming stretch of four home games in three days.
UP NEXT: D-Will vs. CP3, Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Friday night at 7:30.