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.

[VIDEO: HIGHLIGHTS -- Warriors 109, Nets 102]

“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.

 

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.