The Warriors subdue the Nets, clinch a playoff spot in 112-95 victory

February 25, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- the Golden State Warriors, without the services of Kevin Durant, played a relatively slow and methodical game to beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-95. Durant injured his pinkie finger Thursday night against the LA Clippers. His hand was swollen, and since the Dubs were playing the lowly Nets, head coach Steve Kerr gave Durant the night off.

The Warrior attack was spearheaded by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The Dubs led for the entire first quarter but, in the second quarter. The Nets took a one-point lead. The Warriors regrouped and took the lead for good as Steph made a 4-point play at the end of the first half to put the Dubs up 62-51.

The Warriors did not blow the game open in the third quarter. They could not shake the Nets, but they outscored them 29-25 to increase the lead to 15 at the end of three periods. The Dubs went cold to start the fourth quarter. The Dubs defense did not let the Nets crawl back into the game. The Dubs held the Nets to just 19 points, and Steph made a 3-pointer late in the quarter to ice the game.

Game Notes and stats- The Warriors became the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff berth. They improved to 49-9 while the hapless Nets drop to 9-49. Steph Curry led the Dubs with 27 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.  Steph also made 5 3-point shots. Klay Thompson had 24, Patrick McCaw, filling in for Kevin Durant, added 9. Zaza Pachulia knocked down 8 points to go along with 9 rebounds. Draymond Green scored five, and he recorded 8 boards. The Warriors bench players JaVale McGee, Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo, Shaun Livingston, and Andre Iguodala all made significant contributions to ensure the Dubs victory.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the Nets with 16. He was the only Nets’ starter in double figures. The Dubs held Brook Lopez to just 9 points, and Lopez spent the night trying to figure out what happened to him. The Nets bench had three players in double figures. Sean Kilpatrick 15, Spencer Dinwiddie 13, and Trevor Booker 12.

The Dubs, who lead the NBA in steals and blocks, had 10 steals and 11 blocks. They also lead the league in games with 30 or more assists, and they had 30 Saturday against the Nets.

After the game, the Warriors released backup guard Briante Weber. Weber played in the game late in the fourth quarter and scored 4 points. He is now a free agent and can sign with any NBA team. The Warriors are rumored to be interested in veteran guard Jose Calderon or former Warrior Matt Barnes.

The Warriors begin a five-game road trip in Philadelphia Monday night. Game time is at 4 pm. They then go to Washington to face the Wizards Tuesday night. The Wizards are in first place in the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference. Game time will also be at 4 pm.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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