With their biggest router of the year, the Nets ended what was probably the most important section of the season.
The crowd in Brooklyn cheered D’Angelo Russell and the Barclays Center greeted him with a video homage. But the networks suppressed him with a dominant defensive performance and a 129-88 defeat by the hostile warriors.
The 41-point lead was the largest in Barclays Center history and the largest since February 7, 2009 against Denver. In seven games it was 5-2 against teams that had lost records. That was a rousing end for the Nets, who had ended their season.
"Golden State has played very well in the last three games and this game worried me a lot, so it was important to keep an eye on the business," said coach Kenny Atkinson. "If you take D’Lo, try lowering your percentages, that was the first part of the game plan. And restrict Draymond [Green’s] Impact on the game with his passport. Mission accomplished."
In this run, the networks have recovered from losing to contenders five times in a row.
A game after Caris LeVert choked Sun's star Devin Booker, he joined Spencer Dinwiddie and Backup Garrett Temple to slow Russell down and lead the Nets (23-27) to home win for the fourth consecutive time.
"We did what we should do," said Dinwiddie. "Coach talked about making up for some of the bad losses we had and trying to stay on the right track."
LeVert had game highs of 23 points and eight assists, while Joe Harris added 17 and Temple 16 from the bank. In the meantime, the Nets Russell held 17 points on 7 out of 20 shots.
LeVert was plus-43, the best of all networks in the past 20 years, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
"To be honest, it was a bit strange. I've never played against him, "said LeVert." I was injured in the foot in my first year and obviously he came here in the second year. So it was a little different. But it was good to play against him. "
The Nets held the Warriors 36.5 percent while shooting and only 5 out of 39 from below.
"Everyone was stuck with the game plan, knew the staff, knew who we were deviating from, knew who we were bound to, and tried to take it with them," said Harris. "We did a good job simply by denying everything."
The Nets took a 15-2 lead with a 7-49 lead, forcing the Warriors to miss nine of their first 10 shots.
It was 40-25 after one, the first quarter with the most points since December 16, 2018 against Atlanta.
Barclays Center has a video montage in honor of Russell at the end of the first quarter; but the nets kept their feet on the gas.
During the break, they led with 68:47 – the second biggest half of the season – because Golden State shot only 34 percent and two out of 22 from the depth.
They filled it up to 88-52 with 5:44, which was left in the third on a clipping line up by temples. And the lead finally rose to 44 points on a 3-pointer by little used two-way Chris Chiozza with 44.5 seconds.
“Brooklyn played great and I give them a lot of recognition. You were awesome. We were definitely affected by the circumstances and hit it on the chin, ”said Steve Kerr, whose team, who already had no injured Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, was injured by a long trip and Alec Burks' preparatory trades and Glenn Robinson III. Still, he was impressed with the networks. "You played a great game."
"I've said many times how impressive Kenny Atkinson's and [GM] Sean Marks has managed to flip a program that has had no drafts for years. And they did it by building a really strong culture and foundation for player development. … With the additions they made to the free agency, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, they will of course be a team to be reckoned with. You have done a fantastic job. "