By Shawn Whelchel
The Golden State Warriors narrowly avoided an upset at Oracle Arena on Saturday, as the Brooklyn Nets squandered an early lead to fall in overtime by a score of 107-99.
The Warriors kept their perfect streak alive, as they moved to 11-0 on the season in a tightly contested matchup. Nobody expected the 1-9 Brooklyn Nets to contest the reigning NBA champions at home, but the Nets used a first quarter offensive flurry to back the Warriors into an early corner on Saturday.
Despite lackluster frames in the first and third quarter, the Warriors biggest playmakers were able to force an overtime showdown after clutch play from Andre Iguodala led to a 97-all tie at the end of the fourth quarter. Nets C Brook Lopez had the chance to hand an upset to the Warriors, but barely missed the tip-in to complete the win.
After allowing the lowly Brooklyn offense to take charge at multiple points throughout the game, the Warriors defense stepped up big in overtime, allowing just two total points to the Nets while outscoring them by eight in the overtime frame to secure their 11th win of the season.
Steph Curry led all scorers with 34 points, despite a lackluster night from the field, where he shot just 13-of-31. Draymond Green followed for the Warriors with a triple-double featuring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Leading the charge for the Nets was a familiar face in Oakland in PG Jarret Jack, who dumped in 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting. Followin Jack was SF Thaddeus Young who scored 26, while Lopez finished with a respectable 18 despite the missed tip.
The win was the first overtime bout for the Warriors, who have been steadily dispatching their foes in the NBA while contending their NBA title. Despite falling prey to the early trap, the Warriors rebounded with their usual stout defense and clutch offensive play to stay perfect on the season.
The team will take a brief hiatus before returning to action against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.