Flat fourth spoils W's road trip in loss to Nets

Flat fourth spoils W's road trip in loss to Nets
January 19, 2012, 2:56 am
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The Warriors were in good shape much of the game, but things got away in the fourth period. The Nets outscored the Warriors 27-17 in the final period, sending Golden State home from its four-game road trip at 2-2.Nets 107, Warriors 100Star of the game: Nets point guard Deron Williams finished with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.Key stretch: Midway through the fourth quarter, after the Warriors established a five-point lead, Williams made a couple of big plays. First, he knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:22 remaining to cut the Warriors lead to just two points. Then, Williams got fouled on a 3-point attempt on the next possession, and subsequently made three free throws to give the Nets the lead.
End of the third: A big sequence occurred at the end of the third quarter and it didnt go the Warriors way. They were up 83-77 with the ball, but Nate Robinson missed a 3-pointer with just under five seconds remaining. The Nets got the rebound and Anthony Morrow ended up knocking down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to not only cut the deficit to three points but also send the Nets into the final period with momentum.Disappointing loss, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. We had the game. Bottom line is if you dont close out quarters, close out possessions, they come back to bite you. They outworked us.Offense clicking: From an offensive standpoint, the Warriors were efficient and effective in the first half. They shot 52.5 percent from the field including 6-for-9 from 3-point range -- with six players scoring six points or more. And they had 15 assists to just three turnovers.However, it wasnt one of their better defensive efforts as the Nets shot 52 percent from the floor and they also outrebounded the Warriors 23-12. The Warriors went into halftime up 56-55.In the end, the game was largely determined on the glass, where the Nets had a 45-25 advantage.The bottom line is youve got to get the basketball, Jackson said. Kris Humphries (18 points, 15 rebounds) outworked us. Collectively, they wanted it more.Foul trouble for Lee: David Lee, who had scored 20 or more points in the past five Warriors games, was derailed somewhat by foul trouble on Wednesday. Lee picked up his fifth foul with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, meaning coach Mark Jacksons gamble of keeping him on the floor with four fouls didnt pay off.Jackson used the same strategy in the first half after Lee picked up personal foul No. 3 early in the second quarter. Jackson kept Lee in the game and Lee played another five minutes without picking up another. Jackson then removed him midway through the period.Ellis A-OK: Monta Ellis showed no ill-effects from an elbow he took in the face from Clevelands Anderson Varejao on Tuesday except, that is, a puffy face. Ellis had 11 points and four assists in the first quarter and he attacked the rim fearlessly the entire game.By halftime, Ellis had 13 points, five assists and three steals.Rookie initiation: Warriors rookie Charles Jenkins had the unenviable assignment of defending All-Star point guard Deron Williams, and it didnt go well. Jenkins picked up three quick fouls in just seven minutes and had to give way to Nate Robinson midway through the first quarter.
On the road: The Warriors entered Wednesdays game having won two of three on this road trip, including two consecutive victories. The last time the Warriors had won three straight road games was back in 2007, when they defeated Cleveland, Denver and Houston in consecutive games.The last time the Warriors won three straight games on the same road trip was back in 2003.