Nets stun Warriors at Oracle

Nets stun Warriors at Oracle
March 31, 2012, 4:56 am
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Nets 102, Warriors 100Player of the game: Nets forward Gerald Wallace scored 24 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and handed out five assists as New Jersey overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Golden State.Wallace also had the games biggest defensive play, when he blocked a Charles Jenkins attempt in the final seconds as the Warriors tried to tie the game.Key play: Gerald Greens drive and floater in the lane with 51 seconds remaining was the basket that put New Jersey up 102-100. It was Greens second consecutive bucket. His dunk on the possession before had tied the game 100-100 with 1:27 remaining.Green finished with 20 points in 28 minutes.Warriors in control: The Warriors used a 12-2 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Nets and establish control of the game. The run was sparked by the bench and it turned a 28-24 lead into a 40-26 advantage.Center Mickell Gladness scored two buckets during the stretch and Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire each had a basket.The Warriors would expand that lead in the second half, going up 19 points at one point before the Nets rallied for the victory. New Jersey outscored the Warriors 32-16 in the fourth quarter.Lee dominant: Lee was absolutely fantastic in the first half, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting. He only had three rebounds in the first half, but that could be excused because the Warriors were hanging even on the glass.Youve got to believe Lee remembered the last time the Warriors played the Nets back on Jan. 18 in New Jersey. On that night, Lee was outplayed by Kris Humphries, and the Warriors interior was dominated.Humphries had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the Nets 107-100 victory. In that game, the Nets won the battle of the glass 45-26.Unfortunately for the Warriors, Lee didnt do much in the second half, scoring just four points and finishing with 27. Lee did score off a post-up move with 1:45 remaining to give the Warriors a 100-98 lead their last lead of the night.Rush rolling: Brandon Rush once again gave the Warriors a lift on the bench, and they needed it on this night. Rush made all four of his field goal attempts in the first half, scoring nine points in 17 minutes.Rushs contribution was needed because starting shooting guard Klay Thompson got into early foul trouble and was no factor in the first half, going just 2-for-7 from the field.Dominic McGuire also chipped in off the bench with six points and six rebounds in the half.Rookie matchup: Fridays game featured two of the better NBA rookies this season Klay Thompson and Marshon Brooks. Thompson is averaging 10.5 points per game, ranking him sixth among rookies in scoring.Brooks is averaging 12.8 points per game, second among first-year players.