The ridiculous Golden State Warriors faced off against the sad Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Naturally, and especially with the Nets on the second of a back-to-back, the Warriors were a monster favorite (opened as a 17.5-point favorite) to win this game handily. Even when it was revealed that Klay Thompson wouldn’t play due to a stiff back, the general consensus was that Golden State would cruise to a victory.
Only, that didn’t happen. The undefeated Warriors almost lost to the one-win Nets. Almost.
Golden State pulled out a 107-99 victory over Brooklyn in overtime, and the defending champions needed a miracle Andre Iguodala three plus a botched Brook Lopez layup in the final seconds to get it to overtime. Not to mention the Nets ran out to a 17-point lead early in the second quarter.
Brooklyn came out firing behind Thaddeus Young, putting Golden State in that deep hole it needed to come back from. The Warriors did just that, and while everybody waited for the killer run to come, it never did. The Nets kept fighting and fighting, and they held a three-point lead in the final seconds. Too bad they didn’t foul when they had the chance:
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 15, 2015
Instead, Iguodala buried a three-pointer to tie the game after Brooklyn failed to foul. However, the Nets had several chances to win it on the other end. After Jarrett Jack, who killed his former team to the tune of 28 points and nine assists, missed a tough jumper, Brooklyn got another chance:
Brook Lopez somehow misses the game winner, Nets – Warriors in OT. For reals pic.twitter.com/1IqlXIYTxY
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) November 15, 2015
After that, it all fell apart for Brooklyn. Golden State dominated overtime and moved to 11-0 on the season. Stephen Curry finished with 34 points on a human 13-of-31 shooting and 5-of-16 from three. Draymond Green shot just 7-of-18, but he recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Andrew Bogut also chipped in 10 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.
Meanwhile, the sad Nets remain the sad Nets. They’re 1-9 and this loss doesn’t even help them when it comes to tanking, because their pick goes to the Boston Celtics. Rough season.