warriors vs. Nets – NBA Game Summary – December 21, 2022

NEW YORK — — Jacque Vaughn didn’t know her Brooklyn networks He had the best first part of his history.

One of the best in NBA history, actually.

Kevin Durant scored 23 points, all but two in a 91-point first half that was the third-most in the league, as the Nets defeated the warriors of the golden state 143-113 on Wednesday to send the reigning champs reeling home with their second blowout loss in two nights in New York.

“That’s what happens when you show up to work and you’re ready to go right off the bat,” Vaughn said.

With Stephen Curry, klay thompson Y Andrew Wiggins all sidelined, the Warriors went 1-5 on their trip to the East and hope to bounce back before they have to get back on the court at Christmas against Memphis.

Curry will be sidelined with a shoulder injury, but Wiggins could be back, and the Warriors will get all the help they can get after losing by 44 in this one.

“It’s the Warriors,” Durant said. “You always respect them no matter who is on the court. They have a championship system and championship players.”

The Nets matched a franchise record with nine players in double figures and won their seventh straight, even with Kyrie Irving out with the tension of the right calf.

james wiseman scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting for the Warriors, who lost by 38 points to the Knicks on Tuesday night.

The Nets had to rally from 18 then 19 points down in their last two wins, but this one ended shortly after the Warriors’ bus finally arrived after some holiday traffic in New York.

The Nets made 11 of their first 12 shots and when the first quarter ended they were 46-17, a 29-point difference that was the most in any period in the NBA this season.

Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors’ early turnovers — they finished with 21 that led to 36 points — helped the Nets get going.

“And then they did everything,” Kerr said. “They were phenomenal in the first half.”

It was 68-31 when Durant was called for a technical foul for his bench celebration after Ben Simmons he threw a long lob pass. The Warriors scored their next seven in one of their only highlights of the night before Brooklyn extended the score to 91-51 at the half on Durant’s 3-pointer.

Phoenix set the NBA record with 107 points in the first half against Denver on November 10, 1990. The Warriors, with Durant playing for them, scored 92 against Chicago on October 29, 2018.

Simmons got the first two baskets of the third for the biggest lead at 95-51, but Durant went 1 for 8 playing the full 12 minutes as the Nets managed just 18 points in the period.

TOGETHER AGAIN?

Kerr hopes to have Durant on his side again on the 2024 US Olympic team. Durant is the leading scorer in US men’s history and Kerr said USA Basketball’s leadership expects him to play in Paris, where he could become the first man to win four gold medals in basketball.

“That would be nice,” said Kerr, who joked that “I’ll most likely set him aside tonight” to make a recruiting pitch. “I mean, he’s been so dominant with Team USA, and like I said, he’s a guy who just loves to play. So we hope he decides to move on.”

Durant said it was too soon to make a decision.

TIPS

Warriors: Golden State begins an eight-game homestand on Sunday. … Wiggins has missed the past eight games with a right groin strain. … Kerr had no updated information on the status of Donte Di Vincenzo (illness not related to COVID-19) or JaMychal Green (health and safety protocols).

Nets: Brooklyn has won 11 of its last 12 games. … The Nets’ most lopsided quarter was a 32-point lead (48-16) in the quarter against Detroit on March 9, 1980.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Warriors: Host Memphis on Sunday.

Nets: Host Milwaukee on Friday.

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