Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/21/12
OAKLAND -- Klay Thompson snapped a prolonged shooting slump with five third-quarter baskets, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the Golden State Warriors took advantage of another poor post-halftime stretch by the New Jersey Nets en route to a 102-93 victory Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The Warriors never led until Carl Landry followed a Thompson 3-pointer with an interior hoop with 2:42 left in the third quarter, pushing the home team on top 65-63 and on their way to a fourth win in the last five games. Thompson, who was coming off a 2-for-14 effort in Monday's win at Dallas and had misfired on 36 of his last 47 shots over a four-game stretch, buried another 3-pointer and added a short-range hoop and Stephen Curry dropped the hammer on the Nets with a rare four-point play, capping a 14-3 flurry that extended Golden State's advantage to 74-66 by third quarter's end. The Nets, playing the second game of their first back-to-back sequence of the season, never seriously threatened in the fourth quarter and endured consecutive losses for just the second time this season. For New Jersey, the downfall was all too familiar. The team entered the game having averaged 17.0 points in the third quarter of their previous five games. They managed 20 in this one, but gave up 33, the sixth consecutive game in which they'd been outscored by at least three points in the third period. Curry finished with 25 points and Thompson 23 for the Warriors, whose starting backcourt outscored the league's second-highest-scoring tandem of Deron Williams (nine) and Joe Johnson (13) 48-22.David Lee chipped in a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double for the winners. Playing without Gerald Wallace, who was held out as a precautionary measure as he mends a previously sprained left ankle, the Nets were paced by Brook Lopez's 22 points. The Nets used 73.7-percent shooting to build a double-digit lead in the first quarter en route to a 46-41 halftime advantage. Two products of nearby Stanford University -- Lopez and Josh Childress -- led the early charge. Lopez hit his first three shots in a 14-6 Nets explosion from the gates, and Childress nailed three in a row, including a 3-pointer, bridging the first and second periods. That helped the Nets take 39-26 lead in the fourth minute of the second quarter. The Warriors mixed in a zone defense to help finally cool the Nets, limiting New Jersey to just three field goals -- all by Lopez -- over the final 8:23 of the half. Meanwhile, Lee and Harrison Barnes combined for 10 points as Golden State ended the half on a 15-7 run that trimmed the deficit to five by halftime. The run included two free throws by Curry, whose bid for three in a row after being fouled on a 3-point attempt went astray. It snapped his streak of 32 successes in a row at the line. Lopez led all scorers with 12 in the half. NOTES: The Warriors hope to have star center Andrew Bogut back at practice Monday. He missed his seventh consecutive game Wednesday as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired left ankle. The Warriors already have ruled Bogut out of their next two games -- Friday at Denver and Saturday at home against Minnesota. ... The Warriors, who began the day tied for the league lead in road wins with four, tipped off a stretch of five of six at home. ... Nets coach Avery Johnson downplayed his decision to give Wallace the night off: "Gerald doesn't have any setbacks. That's more for precautionary reasons." Wallace, the club's starting small forward, had played consecutive games over a three-night span after sitting out six in a row with a sprained left ankle. ... Coming off a 95-90 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Nets were playing their first back-to-back of the season in their 10th game overall. ... Warriors supersub Brandon Rush attended his first game since suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in the home opener on Nov. 2. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson had an unusual take on Nets forward Reggie Evans becoming the first to be fined under the NBA's new anti-flopping policy: "Congratulations to Reggie. He'll go down in history. For $5,000 for a place in history, that's not bad at all."
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