Not having Deron Williams in the lineup did not stop the New Jersey Nets from continuing their winning streak.
While Williams was visiting his family after the birth of his fourth child, the Nets were busy beating the Golden State Warriors, 94-90, at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Following their two straight wins over the Toronto Raptors in London, the Nets have now won three straight games for the first time this season. In fact, this is the Nets’ first three-game winning streak since the beginning of February 2009.
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was on hand for the game. Tuck is a big body, so the Nets big men set out to impress him.
Brook Lopez had a double-double, leading all scorers with 26 points and adding 10 rebounds. Kris Humphries also recorded a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds while also blocking four shots in key situations.
Even without Williams, the Nets’ point guards managed a combined 17 assists—nine from Jordan Farmar and eight from Sundiata Gaines, who signed a 10-day contract with New Jersey just a week ago.
Anthony Morrow added 22 points, and Sasha Vujacic chipped in with 16.
Former New York Knick David Lee led the Warriors with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for only 31 points on 13-of-37 shooting.
The Nets led by two at halftime with either team unable to pull away. That trend continued right down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Warriors led by one with under two minutes to play, but a three-point play from Lopez gave the Nets a two-point lead.
After the Nets had two possessions where the Warriors opted not to foul, Golden State had a chance to tie with 10.6 seconds left on the clock.
In an interesting move, Warriors head coach Keith Smart opted to have Reggie Williams—not Ellis or Curry—attempt the tying shot, which hit the front rim. Lopez gathered the rebound and nailed the final two free-throws to put the game away.
The Nets will try to increase their winning streak to four as they take on high-flying Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night at “The Rock.”
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Written by Jim Mancari
James (Jim) Mancari hails from Massapequa, NY. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA with degrees in History and Kinesiology. Jim currently is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). He is a devout Mets fan and takes pride in his team, despite their lack of success over the last few years. Like all Mets' fans, Jim has plenty of hope. Jim also writes for the NJ Nets on this site. He can be contacted at email@example.com. He appreciates and respects additional opinions.