On Saturday night, Jermaine O’Neal turned back the clock of time, and led the shorthanded Warriors (34-22) to a solid 93-86 victory over the visiting Brooklyn Nets (25-28). This was the third victory in a row for the Warriors since the All-Star break, and gave the team a needed boost before their next east coast road trip.
The Warriors were without the services of Andrew Bogut for a 7th game in a row, and David Lee who came down with a nasty bout of stomach flu prior to the game.
Jermaine O’Neal and Draymond Green took advantage of the extra playing time on Saturday night. O’Neal scored a season high 23 points on 10-13 shooting from the field, and pulled down 13 rebounds. Green added 18 points with 10 rebounds, and hit 6 clutch free throws in the 4th quarter.
The Warriors took command early in the game with a 12 point 1st quarter advantage; however the experienced Nets were able to chop the lead down to 3 by halftime with their slow and methodical approach of getting quality shots and getting to the free throw line.
The action went back and forth in the 3rd and 4th quarter, but the Warriors defense was able to clamp down at the end. The Warriors were able to put the game away with one of the more entertaining shots of the year from All-Star Stephen Curry; a corner bank shot 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 91-86 advantage with 36.8 seconds left in the game.
The Warriors turned in one of their best defensive displays of the year by holding the Nets to 41% shooting from the floor, and a season worst 2-21 from beyond the arc. The Warriors were able to outrebound the Nets 50-39, and drove the Nets to commit 16 turnovers.
The Warriors begin a 6 game road trip at The Palace of Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Notes: This was the 277th career double-double for Jermaine O’Neal…. Several players had to receive a police escort into the Coliseum due to the massive traffic brought from the dual event of the Warriors game and Monster Truck Rally…. The Warriors signed Hilton Armstrong to a 10-day contract to help fill the void of Bogut and Lee on the bench…. Coach Mark Jackson went on record that he believes Center Andrew Bogut will return to the line-up at some point during the upcoming road trip.