A visibly fatigued Golden State Warriors squad put forth their best effort in search of their 11th consecutive win and an NBA record 7-0 road trip, but were denied a spot in basketball history by the Brooklyn Nets.
The experienced and savvy Nets (14-21) got the best of the Warriors (24-14) on Wednesday night, winning by the score of 102-98 and ending quite a glorious run by the Warriors.
With four minutes left in the game, the Warriors were in the exact position that they wanted to be in, up 93-89 on Klay Thompson’s three-pointer. But they wouldn’t score a field goal for another three minutes, allowing the Nets to go on a 7-0 run to take the lead. The Warriors missed several three-point attempts during that stretch, and were clearly frustrated by foul calls against them in the bonus that resulted in Nets’ free throws.
Early on, it looked as if the Warriors would run away with this one. They started the game strong and led by as much as 16 at one point in the first quarter. But it was all downhill from there, as Brooklyn responded by shooting 67 percent in the second quarter and taking a 59-52 lead at halftime. The Warriors rallied in the third to take a 76-75 lead going into the fourth, but simply ran out of gas at the end.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 46.2% (36-78)
- 3-Pointers: 34.6% (9-26)
- Rebounds: 40
- Assists: 19
- Turnovers: 18
- Field Goals: 44.2% (34-77)
- 3-Pointers: 26.3% (5-19)
- Rebounds: 41
- Assists: 13
- Turnovers: 15
What Could’ve Been
The Warriors could have been the talk of the country. They could have tied a franchise record set in the 1971-1972 season with 11 straight wins, and they could have set an NBA record by winning all seven games on the road trip.
But looking at this game from a bigger perspective, this loss means very little to the Warriors. Sure, it would be nice to set a record and keep the win streak going, but if they get knocked out in the first round of the playoffs, will anybody even care about the win-streak anymore?
The Warriors have accomplished exactly what they needed to by beating up on the weak Eastern Conference in recent weeks and solidifying their record. They now have a good cushion in terms of seeding in the West, and are right in mix for the lead in the Pacific Division.
Ideally, 7-0 would have been the best road trip, but 6-1 isn’t bad.
Really, it isn’t bad at all.
Good to Know
The Warriors will play their next 10 of 14 games at home, and deservedly so.
Tweet of the Night
#Warriors traveled 8,300 miles on a 7-game road trip and fought to the very end in hopes of preserving their 10-game win streak. Respect.
— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 9, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Celtics will visit Oracle Arena on Friday night as the Warriors return home from a successful road trip.
Topics: Golden State Warriors