Whether it was fatigue, a lackluster defensive performance or the fact that the Nets were simply the better team, the truth is that Brooklyn came away with a much-needed 102-98 win which shows that the team led by Jason Kidd is perhaps leaving their awful start to the season behind.
The Nets didn’t have Deron Williams today and since Brook Lopez is also out, the team was quite creative in the starting lineup with several players playing out of position. Apparently, it worked. Shaun Livingston had a solid game as the floor general, Joe Johnson thrived as a small forward and the veterans showed up when they needed to help the Nets’ cause.
Aided by a strong second quarter where they scored 37 points and shot nearly 70 percent from the field and a solid fourth where they outscored the Warriors by five, Brooklyn prevailed against one of the most dynamic offenses in the NBA. The defense also did its part and despite the fact that Curry finished the game with 34 points and seven assists, he and Klay Thompson shot a combined 6-of-20 from 3-point range.
Despite the loss, what the Warriors have done this year can’t be overlooked. In two years, they have gone from one of the worst teams in the league to one of the most dynamic. For the Nets, performances like this show the fans what the team is able to give on a nightly basis. If Brooklyn can string together a few games like this one, they will be back in the playoff race in no time.