NEW YORK (AP) – Stephen Curry left the field for the last choir “MVP! MVP!” songs, a sound that even he thought was strange.
It is, after all, Kevin Durant’s home arena.
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However, it was Curry’s night.
Curry scored 37 points and easily won the NBA’s top two goal scorer match when Durant had the worst night of the season, with the Golden State Warriors beating the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday 117-99.
A match with his former teammate made Curry accelerate, as did the chance to recover from Sunday’s Charlotte loss.
“So it’s not about the playoffs, but there’s an intensity you have to perform to win a team like that,” Curry said. “You know about that competitive atmosphere when you know there are a lot of talent on the floor.”
Durant rose to the top of the league by 29.6 points per game, but managed to get just 19, the first time in the entire season he didn’t hit 20. He shot 0 8 in the decisive third quarter and finished 6 points 19 after sitting fourth.
– They have long defenders, guys who can help, so when I see bodies all the time when I had the ball, that’s what a good defense does. And then a few shots that I would have hoped to get back, Durant said. “I accelerated a few times when we got down at 15, 20. I’m trying to get it back so fast that you end up taking bad shots and busy shots.”
Curry almost grabbed his former teammate to the NBA points lead, throwing nine three-pointers and raising the average to 28.7 per game. Durant fell to 28.9.
Most of his struggles were due to defending Draymond Green, a former defensive player of the year.
“I wanted that challenge,” Green said, saying he was “pretty decent” with it.
He was much better than that.
“You can’t do a better job in defense than what Draymond did tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry was 12 against 19, and fans loudly encouraged his long-range shots and gave him the “MVP! MVP!” shouts Durant and the home team fail.
Andrew Wiggins added 19 points to the Warriors, improving his NBA record to 12-2.
James Harden scored 24 points for Nets, who returned home from a 5-1 trip and fell in a nationally televised match. Durant won both of their matches last season against the Warriors. He played for the first time in Brooklyn after the Golden State.
But this is a much-improved Warriors team this season and showed it prevailing during the third quarter as they beat the Nets 35-18 after a tight first half.
Wiggins had the first two baskets of the third and Curry the next two baskets, raising the five-point lead to 71-58. They both had to go to the bench during the season with their fourth mistake, but the Warriors did their best without them.
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Golden State won 18-5 and held just one goal from Brooklyn in more than six minutes. Andre Iguodala beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer and finished the quarter with 98-76.
Curry then fired in a row from a height of 30 feet at the start of the fourth set.
Golden State shot in the third set 13/18 (72%), while the Nets were 5/22.
In the beginning, the game was played at a high level in front of a clearly divided audience that grew louder with each chip as Curry hit his first four three-pointers. The Nets took the first six shots of the game and led 34-31 after one, 12 points for Durant and Curry.
Wiggins gave 3-pointers to the last two baskets at halftime, one in the buzzer and Golden State leading 63-58.
Warriors: Curry’s first basket in the game was his 2,900th three-point. He is approaching Ray Allen’s NBA record of 2973.… Green scored 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Networks: Patty Mills started the season for the first time on Joe Harris ’farm with a sprain in her left ankle. Coach Steve Nash said Harris would likely miss a few matches before his ankle is re-examined. Brooklyn had used the same opening line-up in the previous 11 games. … Bruce Brown scored 14 points.
Kerr said Klay Thompson played 5-5 back in San Francisco on Monday and was expected to play so again on Wednesday. The Star Watcher has not played since the 2019 NBA Finals due to a knee and Achilles tendon injury.
STILL THE SAME
Kerr was asked if Durant was a better player now than during the three Warriors seasons, when he was twice the MVP of the NBA Finals before tearing his Achilles tendon in the fifth game of the 2019 final.
“He was pretty damn good back then, so he doesn’t look any different to me, and it was because of an Achilles injury that kept him away for a year and a half,” Kerr said. “So it says something. But I don’t think you can say he had an injury given his ability, speed and explosion.
Warriors: Visit Cleveland on Thursday.
Networks: Host in Cleveland on Wednesday.
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