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Warriors 109, Nets 102

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NEW YORK -- David Lee scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Stephen Curry scored 13 of his 28 points in the third quarter, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 109-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Friday night at the Barclays Center.

The win enabled the Warriors (12-7) to notch their second straight road victory as they begin a grueling seven-game trip. The Nets (11-7) lost for the third game in a row.

Lee scored on consecutive baskets midway through the fourth quarter, giving Golden State the lead for good at 95-89. The Warriors put the defensive clamps on the Nets, who shot just 20 percent in the second half and scored just 39 points after going for 63 points in the first half.

Curry connected on 5-of-9 from 3-point range, including 4-of-6 in the third quarter, with one 3-pointer seemingly being from longer range than the first.

Joe Johnson scored 20 of his game-high 32 points in the first half to lead the Nets, who begin a stretch of four home games in five games. It was Johnson's best scoring performance as a member of the Nets.

Despite Johnson's contribution, the Nets received 22 points and eight assists from Deron Williams and 22 and 15 rebounds from Andray Blatche.

Golden State also got 15 points from Jarrett Jack off the bench and 13 from Klay Thompson.

The Nets took a 63-55 lead into halftime, thanks to an 11-0 run right before the break. Blatche scored seven during that stretch, including a 3-pointer from the right wing.

The Nets led by as many as 13 (37-24), but the Warriors' fast-paced offensive attack enabled them to crawl back and take the lead at 55-52 on a long 3-pointer from Thompson, but the Nets took control late in the second quarter to take the halftime lead.

Curry's 13 points in the third quarter enabled the Warriors to take an 84-82 lead into the final period.

Lee hit a foul line jumper to give Golden State a 93-89 lead with 7:12 remaining, the biggest lead of the night for the Warriors, then scored on a rebound hoop down low, giving Golden State a 95-89 lead, forcing Nets head coach Avery Johnson to call a time out.

The Nets continued to shoot poorly for the remainder of the game, causing their demise. Golden State outscored the Nets, 23-13, over the final five minutes.

NOTES: The Nets were once again without their leading scorer, center Brook Lopez, who missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right foot. Lopez, averaging 18.5 points per contest, tested the foot in the morning shoot-around, but was deemed not ready for action. He is listed day-to-day. ... Blatche has flourished in Lopez's absence. In four games prior to Friday, Blatche has averaged 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. ... The Warriors were without Richard Jefferson, who sat out the game with a foot injury. Jefferson spent seven seasons with the Nets, averaging 17.4 points during that stint, earning one All-Star berth. ... Andrew Bogut (ankle) also sat out the game for Golden State. ... Warriors coach Mark Jackson, a native of Brooklyn, spent three seasons (2005-2008) as a television analyst for the Nets on the YES Network.
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