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


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


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.

Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Kerr makes NBA history with Warriors' win in Houston

Steve Kerr continues to re-write the record books.

The Warriors' 113-106 victory in Houston on Tuesday was Kerr's 200th win of his brief coaching career.

The milestone victory comes in just his 238th game as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to 200 career wins.

Hall of Fame Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson held the previous record at 200 wins in 270 games.

In Kerr's three seasons as the coach of the Warriors, the team has won at least 60 games each year. Before the current three-year run, the Warriors never had a 60-win season in franchise history.


Instant Replay: Warriors hold off Rockets, pick up big 60th win

Instant Replay: Warriors hold off Rockets, pick up big 60th win


The Warriors raced out to a big lead early, and then had to hang on for a 113-106 victory over the relentless Rockets on Tuesday night at Toyota Center in Houston.

Stephen Curry, with 32 points, and Klay Thompson, with 25, led the offensive charge. Draymond Green put in 19 points and Andre Iguodala came off the bench to add 12.

Though the Warriors led by as much as 22 in the first half, Houston kept coming. It was ferocious defense that allowed the Warriors to prevail, as they held the Rockets to 38.8-percent shooting, including 16.1 percent from 3-point distance.

The victory was the 200th of Steve Kerr’s coaching career, making him the fastest coach to reach that milestone. He is 200-38 as Warriors coach.

The Warriors (60-14) overcome a 39-16 disparity in free throw attempts to reach the 60-win mark for the third consecutive season for the first time in franchise history.

James Harden posted his 20th triple-double of the season, with 24 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to earn the victory for the Rockets (51-23).

Even though Curry didn’t have a particularly good shooting night by his standards, at least in the early going, he came on strong late and checked a lot of boxes needed for the win.

Curry’s line: 32 points (11-of-22 shooting from the field, 3-11 from beyond the arc, 7-of-10 from the line), team-high 10 rebounds, team-high seven assists and two steals. He played 33 minutes and finished plus-9 for the game.

After Houston pulled within three, 76-73, on two free throws by Nene with 5:06 left in the third quarter, the Warriors closed the quarter with a 10-2 to take an 86-75 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Rockets got as close as five in the fourth quarter before the Warriors finished it.

Warriors: C/F James Michael McAdoo (L eyebrow laceration) left in the first quarter and did not return. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Rockets: F Ryan Anderson (R ankle sprain) was listed as out.

The Warriors traveled to San Antonio immediately after the game and will face the Spurs on Wednesday night at AT&T Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 Pacific.