Playing against a team consisting of wily veterans in the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors had their own old man step up.
Jermaine O’Neal, who continues to replace the injured Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup, scored a season-high 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Warriors to a 93-86 win over the Nets in front of a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. He was extremely efficient, shooting 10-of-13 from the field. He also made the two big shots of the game from the foul line, hitting two free throws to put the Warriors up 88-86 with 1:23 remaining.
It was that kind of night, when the go-ahead baskets came on free throws. The Warriors’ high-octane offense was nowhere to be found, as the Nets played tight defense and forced the Warriors to play their style. Golden State had just 10 fastbreak points in the game, while Brooklyn had two.
The Nets also hounded Stephen Curry, sending multiple defenders at him. That left a man wide open all night, which happened to be Draymond Green, who started in place of the injured David Lee. Green delivered, not backing down from the opportunity, scoring 18 points, eight of which came from the foul line.
But ultimately, the Nets could only contain Curry for so long. His banked-in three-pointer with 37 seconds to go put the Warriors up 91-86, and strong defense late in the game put it away for the Dubs.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 43.5% (37-85)
- Three-point percentage: 30.0% (6-20)
- Rebounds: 50
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 10
- Bench points: 21
- Field-goal percentage: 41.0% (32-78)
- Three-point percentage: 9.5% (2-21)
- Rebounds: 39
- Assists: 11
- Turnovers: 16
- Bench points: 30
A Defensive Stand
The Warriors are statically among the top defensive teams in the league, and they showed why tonight. Even without their anchor down low in Andrew Bogut, the Warriors held the Nets to a horrid 9.5 percent from beyond the arc. Paul Pierce especially struggled, missing all five of his three-point attempts. Joe Johnson had just 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting, with Andre Iguodala playing him tough all night.
Good to Know
Warriors have now held 17 opponents below 90 points, tied for the third most in the league
— GSWStats (@gswstats) February 23, 2014
What’s On Tap
The Warriors’ first stop on a seven-game road trip will be on Monday in Detroit.