NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets came back home and kept
Brook Lopez had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and made two
clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds left as the Nets
beat the Golden State Warriors 94-90 on Wednesday night for their
first three-game winning streak in two years.
It was the Nets' first game since they swept a pair from Toronto
last weekend in London, the NBA's first regular-season games in
Europe. They were playing without All-Star Deron Williams, who
missed the game to be with his wife in Dallas for the birth of the
couple's fourth child.
"The team definitely fought through on this one," Lopez said.
"I knew we'd pull it out just because of the way we were playing
defense. We were getting stops."
Anthony Morrow added 22 points for the Nets. Sasha Vujacic, who entered the
game averaging 8.9 points on 39.7 percent shooting, was 7-of-16
from the field for 16 points, and Kris Humphries chipped in with
"Our big guys were terrific. They were helping us on
pick-and-rolls," Vujacic said. "We were able to limit their shots
and easy buckets."
David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who
completed a seven-game road swing with a 2-5 mark. Monta Ellis
scored 16 points on 7-for-22 shooting, Stephen Curry finished with
15 and Reggie Williams scored 10 off the bench.
"We're not happy at all. We won two games on [the road trip].
That's not enough to get us where we want to be. We just have to
move on from this one and grind the rest of the 19, 18 games we
have left," Ellis said. "[We] played hard. Every game."
New Jersey had a 51-49 halftime lead on the strength of an 18-6
run to end the first quarter. The Warriors outscored the Nets 28-23
in the third period, highlighted by a breakaway dunk by Ellis,
Lee's two-handed dunk and a buzzer-beating floater in the lane by
But the Nets limited the Warriors to only 13 fourth-quarter
points on 5-of-19 shooting.
"Couldn't make [any] shots. I think a lot of shots we took were
good shots. They just didn't go down," Ellis said.
Humphries and Lopez combined for what may have been the
game-deciding defensive sequence late in the fourth quarter. Lopez
blocked Curry's layup attempt and Humphries swatted Ekpe Udoh's
dunk attempt. Golden State was called for a shot clock violation on
the subsequent possession.
"We didn't play smart basketball down the stretch," Warriors
coach Keith Smart said. "We had a chance to walk away with this
game and unfortunately we didn't. Stephen Curry is a young player
and he is going to grow and become a better player. He will learn
and manage these situations better. Point guard is the toughest
position in the world because every player wants the ball. Every
situation you have the ball is critical."
Still, the Warriors only trailed by two when Ellis pulled up
from the foul line with 3 seconds remaining. His shot was short and
Lopez grabbed the rebound before being fouled by the Warriors'
starting shooting guard.
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