OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Eric Musselman saw a tough road ahead for
his team leading into the All-Star break.
With Sacramento, the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey and Utah
part of a nine-game stretch, he wondered when the Golden State
Warriors would win again. The first-year coach didn't have to wait
long -- the Warriors beat two of those teams in two days.
The Warriors became the first team in nearly 30 years to defeat
the previous season's NBA finalists on successive nights. They won
on the road against the Lakers on Wednesday.
"I'm really proud of the last 48 hours," Musselman said. "I
don't think anybody expected us to go to L.A. and win. We're making
Kidd, who had a season-high 41 points and seven assists, had his
high school jersey from St. Joseph's in nearby Alameda retired
after the game.
Kidd was two points shy of his career high, but it wasn't enough
to keep the Nets from their first three-game losing streak of the
Earl Boykins came off the bench to score 23 points and pass for
six assists for the Warriors, who won for the fourth time in five
games. The 5-foot-5 Boykins again provided a spark just when his
team needed it. He came in after the Nets had pulled within three
points early in the third quarter.
Jamison made several big plays in the fourth quarter in one of
his most focused games of the season.
"We can't pat ourselves on the back and say we've accomplished
what we wanted to accomplish," he said. "We can enjoy it tonight,
but there's still a long way to go."
The last team to defeat the NBA finalists in a back-to-back set
was the Atlanta Hawks when they did it against the Lakers and
Knicks on March 20-21, 1973. Dallas beat the Nets and Lakers in
successive games earlier this season, but not on consecutive
Kidd had boasted the Nets had a chance to go 5-0 on their
current road trip, but that certainly will not be the case. They
finish their swing through the West against the Lakers on Friday
night and at Denver on Monday.
"I don't care if we're (0-4) and the Lakers are the last
game," Kidd said. "We have to find a way to get back to playing
Nets basketball and get a win out on this trip. Winning is the best
Kidd, whose wife and son attended the game in his hometown, came
in averaging 30 points in his past two games. He shot 15-for-26.
The Nets have lost their last three games by a combined total of
New Jersey had a 10-2 run to the start the second half as Golden
State went cold from the field. Kidd scored four straight for the
Nets to pull them within two, and they tied the game on a basket by
Kerry Kittles with 5:59 left. The Warriors answered with a 9-0 run.
The Nets were limited to 42 percent shooting, including 4-of-21
by Kenyon Martin, who had 10 points and eight rebounds. Kittles
added 19 points.
The Warriors opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run to build
a 10-point lead. They then went on a 10-0 spurt, including five
straight points by rookie Mike Dunleavy, to make it 44-27. Golden
State used aggressive low-post defense to frustrate the Nets' big
men and take a 52-41 halftime lead.
Kidd was the lone bright spot in the first half with 19 points
and four assists. Both teams had just 20 points in the first
quarter, with New Jersey shooting 37 percent to Golden State's 38
percent. The Warriors still managed to shoot 55 percent in the
first half and 51 percent for the game.
Nets G Lucious Harris was held out of the game and also
could miss Friday's finals rematch against the Lakers with a
bruised right calf. Harris, who had started 23 straight games until
Kerry Kittles returned Tuesday, got kicked in the calf during a
106-103 loss at Utah on Monday night. Harris played in a 109-102
loss Tuesday at Sacramento but did not start. Harris averaged 15
points as a starter, and is averaging 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and
2.3 assists. ... The Warriors were whistled for three offensive
fouls in the first half. ... Kidd scored 30 or more for the sixth
time this season.