OAKLAND, Calif. — After dropping their first three games of this road trip in the final minute, the Nets didn’t have to worry about that Tuesday at Golden State. They lost this one in the third quarter.
The Nets fell 114-101 to the defending champion Warriors before a sellout crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena.
After the Nets overcame the second-biggest run in the NBA this season, another Warriors (50-14) spurt put them away. They have dropped 12 of their last 13 games, and 16 of their last 18.
The Nets coughed up a 25-0 run, tied for the second-longest in the league, fall behind by 21. They fought back for a five-point halftime lead, only to give up a 22-5 surge that spanned the third and fourth; and that one was too much to undue.
“It’s what they do. I think they have the biggest scoring margin in the third quarter, we come out and make a few mistakes offensively and they go on a 9-2 run and end up scoring 38 points in the fourth quarter,” said coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I think the knockout punch in the third quarter that was the key in the game.”
Stephen Curry had a game-high 34 points for the Warriors, who also got 19 from Kevin Durant and 18 from Klay Thompson.