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.

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.

This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.

“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.

“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”

In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.

Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.

All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.

“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”

Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.

But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.

Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”

Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.

Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.

Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.

“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”

So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.

“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

OAKLAND -- One day after every member of the Warriors participated in a full scrimmage, the official health updates were released.

Veteran forward Matt Barnes, out since April 8, is listed as probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that begin Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out since sustaining a finger/hand injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against Portland on April 16, is listed as questionable -- but with an asterisk.

“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Tuesday,” Livingston said after a light workout Saturday.

Livingston informed NBCSportsBayArea.com earlier this week that he would have been available, hypothetically, if the Warriors were facing a Game 7.

As for Kevin Durant, who missed five weeks with a knee injury before returning April 8, only to sustain a calf strain in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, he’s fully available.