The Golden State Warriors played a lazy fourth quarter tonight in Newark, handing the New Jersey Nets a 94-90 win and their first 3 game winning streak since February of 2009; all without All-Star point guard Deron Williams. With the loss it marks the end of the W’s 7 game road trip, finishing 2-5 in that stretch.
It was a well-contested, fast-paced matchup tonight at the Prudential Center that consisted off lots of lead changes and momentum swings, but unfortunately for the Warriors they let the Nets dictate the fourth quarter offensively and defensively. The Nets were getting to the hole and hitting their shots while keeping the Warriors off balance and forcing up poor shots. Once again, the Warriors refused to take control of the game, eventually leading to another disappointing loss.
David Lee had a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards, Monta Ellis had 16 and 4 assists, Steph Curry had 15 and two steals, and Dorell Wright had 10 and 7 boards. As for the Nets, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez had double-doubles as well with 11 points and 15 boards and 26 and 10 boards respectively. Former Warrior Anthony Morrow had 22 while Sasha Vujacic added 16.
With the loss it moves the Warriors to 28-36 for the season, 7.5 games out of 8th place in the Western Conference. The Warriors will finally head home to Oracle Arena to face the dominate Orlando Magic on Friday, a very stiff test for this Golden State team. Can’t wait.