Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 109, Nets 102

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 109, Nets 102

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Nets 109, Warriors 102

Player of the game: Warrior forward David Lee scored 13 of his team-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors won their second consecutive road game.

The Warriors have now won the first two games of their seven-game road trip.

Lee was brilliant from the field, knocking down 13 of 21 field goals – which he parlayed nicely with 15 rebounds.

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“That’s a very good basketball team,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “They have great talent. For us we take it one at a time and this was a huge win. Guys came in off the bench: Carl Landry, Jarrett Jack, Draymond Green were huge. Stephen Curry is showing the world how good he is and David Lee was spectacular.”

Key stretch: The Warriors went on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to turn an 89-86 deficit into a 95-89 lead.

Lee had three consecutive buckets to finish off the run, including two jumpers and a put-back of a Curry miss.

The run put the Warriors in control for the game’s final five minutes.

Curry also had a big night for the Warriors (12-7) with 28 points on 10-for-19 from the field.

I said it before the game,” Lee said. “He’s healthy and this is what he’s all about. He’s a great person, great basketball player and I have confidence he can do it every night. … We’re just trying to be unselfish and make plays.”

Taking care of the ball: The Warriors entered Friday’s game averaging 16 turnovers per game. But they took nice care of the basketball against the Nets, and they had only seven through three quarters.

For the game, the Warriors had only 11 turnovers.

Blatche for Brook: On the surface, the Warriors seemed to catch a break because Nets center Brook Lopez wasn’t available. Lopez, who has a sprained an ankle, couldn’t play, but Andray Blatche played in place of him.

And Blatche had a big first half, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds. So effective was Blatche in the first half that coach Mark Jackson started Draymond Green in the third quarter for Festus Ezeli in an effort to slow down Blatche.

Green not only slowed down Blatche, he was money all around, too. Green’s tip-in with 1:43 remaining in the game gave Golden State it’s biggest lead of the night at 105-96.

Green finished with six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Hanging in: Things weren’t looking too good early for the Warriors as the Nets jumped out to a 37-24 lead early in the second quarter. But shots began falling, rebounds began finding their hands and defensive stops started coming – and by the four-minute mark of the second quarter it was a 46-45 Brooklyn lead.

The Warriors went ahead and took a three-point lead, but the Nets finished the second quarter on an 11-0 run to head into the locker room up 63-55 at halftime.

 

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

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For the 44th time in the 2016-17 season, the Warriors dished out 30-plus assists or more in one game. Not only does that set a franchise record, Golden State is also the first to do so since one of the greatest teams in NBA history. 

On a Steph Curry assist down the court that resulted in an Andre Iguodala running reverse dunk with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors made history. The nifty assist made the Warriors the first team since the 1985-86 Showtime Lakers to hand out 30 or more assists 44 times in one season.

Last season, when the Warriors set an NBA record record with 73 wins, the team finished 43 games with the feat.

The '85-86 Lakers were looking to repeat as NBA champions 21 years ago but came up short in five games to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. 

Golden State finsihed Friday night with 37 assists in a 114-100 win over the Kings. Curry led the way with 12 dimes.