Lee, Curry make Jackson a winner in Brooklyn
David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28
points, and the Golden State Warriors gave coach Mark Jackson a
winning return to Brooklyn by beating the Nets 109-102 on Friday
Lee scored six straight points to break open a tie game midway
through the fourth quarter, and Curry had 21 in the second half for
the Warriors, who won for the fifth time in six games.
Golden State improved to 2-0 on its season-high, seven-game road
trip against Eastern Conference opponents, a game played not far
from where Jackson became a New York City star.
Joe Johnson scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets, who
dropped their season-high third straight. Deron Williams added 23
points and eight assists.
Brooklyn played without starting center Brook Lopez for a fourth
straight game because of a sprained right foot. Andray Blatche had
22 points and 15 rebounds in his place.
Curry’s streak of 20-point, 10-assist games ended at four, the
longest by a Warriors player since Tim Hardaway 20 years ago, when
he had only five assists.
But he was locked in scoring mode in the second half, hitting
long jumpers, showing a shooter’s body language in believing that
every time he pulled up, it was going in.
Curry tied it at 89 with a 3-pointer, then Lee knocked down two
jumpers and put back a miss as the Warriors opened a 95-89 lead
with 6:39 to play. The Nets got it down to four about three minutes
later, but Lee converted a three-point play before Draymond Green’s
follow shot extended Golden State’s lead to 105-96.
Jackson was born in Brooklyn, played high school ball at nearby
Bishop Loughlin, starred at St. John’s and began his NBA career
with the Knicks, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1988. The
trip back to Brooklyn hit home, he said, when the team bus passed a
McDonald’s where he used to eat after high school home games.
Jackson said he spent Thursday with his son and visited with his
mother and sister earlier Friday. He said his reaction upon seeing
the $1 billion Barclays Center was simply, ”Wow!”
”You couldn’t imagine this being here as a kid growing up, or
as a high school kid, just couldn’t imagine it,” he said before
the game. ”So it’s a big deal and rightfully so.”
He said he had about 10 friends and family members at the game,
and got a nice hand after the introduction of the Warriors’
The Nets led by seven after one, then got 3-pointers by Jerry
Stackhouse and Johnson to open the second, increasing their lead to
37-24. The Warriors battled back to tie it at 55, but the Nets
scored the final eight points of the half, taking a 63-55 lead on
Blatche’s 3 with 0.5 seconds remaining.
Curry brought the Warriors back in the third, making three
3-pointers and scoring 13 of Golden State’s 29 points. Jarrett
Jack’s jumper with 1.1 seconds left sent the Warriors to the fourth
with an 84-82 lead.
NOTES: Nets coach Avery Johnson said Lopez did some shooting and
light running and the Nets would see what he could do at practice
Saturday before re-evaluating him Sunday. … The seven-game trip
is only ninth for the Warriors franchise since moving West. They
haven’t had a winning record since going 4-3 in 1970-71.