Nets stun Warriors at Oracle

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Nets stun Warriors at Oracle

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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.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.