Thursday, December 10, 2009

Warriors take down the nets, everyone contributes

The Warriors beat the Nets in a should-win game against the NBA's worst team. The Nets entered the Wednesday night contest winning two out of their last three games and the Warriors nearly lost the game by underestimating this reeling New Jersey franchise.
The W's had a 74-54 lead midway into the third quarter, but a few turnovers gave the Nets momentum. By the end of the third quarter, the Warriors lead was cut to five points. Thanks to 13-0 run down the stretch, the Warriors put the game away led by some Monta Ellis breakaway layups and Mikki Moore dunks.
Scoring contributions from Stephen Curry in the first quarter and C.J. Watson in the second, brought balance to this team which has been overly reliant on Monta Ellis scoring 30 or more points per game. The Warriors had almost seven players score in double figures, as Vladamir Radmonavic scored nine. The Warriors made 23 team assists to 18 turnovers compared to the Nets 12 assists to 22 turnovers. The Warriors actual out-rebounded a team, edging the Nets 46-44 in total boards.

The Warriors showed a great balanced attack and got way out in front of a bad team. They made some mistakes that gave the Nets a chance to come back, miscues a better opponent would have capitalized on.
The Warriors next game is Friday against the Chicago Bulls, who are on a four game slide. The Bulls are one of the bottom three offensive teams in the league. A key to winning will be active defense to spark fast breaks because the Bulls can play decent half court defense. It will be interesting to see if the Warriors will continue to share the ball.

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