https://twitter.com/MontePooleNBCS/status/1617373616332472321?s=20&t=cNBbQW57L5Ke2-fI9K4hLQAfter the San Francisco 49ers punched their ticket to the NFC Championship game with a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, the Golden State Warriors looked to be on their way to handling business against the Brooklyn Nets at home on Sunday.
Following their impressive shorthanded win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to end their five-game road swing, the Warriors picked up where they left off in their return to Chase Center on Sunday.
The Warriors started fast, storming to a 17-point advantage over the Nets. However, the Nets wouldn’t go away despite the absence of Kevin Durant due to a knee injury.
Kyrie Irving put together a fiery performance in the second half, leading the Nets with 38 points on 12-of-22 shooting from the field with five made triples to go along with nine assists and seven boards.
Behind Irving, the Nets erased the Warriors’ lead and tied the game late in the fourth quarter. With the Warriors holding onto a one-point lead, Irving set Royce O’Neale up for an open triple to give the Nets a two-point lead with under 30 seconds on the clock.
Klay Thompson and the Warriors couldn’t answer on the other end, dropping the game to the Nets, 120-116.
In the second half, the Nets outscored the Warriors 60-44, including 34-26 in the final frame. The Warriors have now dropped four straight games at San Francisco’s Chase Center.
Steph Curry led the way for the Warriors with 26 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor with four made 3-pointers, seven assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes. Jonathan Kuminga added 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor with three rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
Following the Warriors’ letdown loss to the Nets, the NBA community on Twitter chimed in with a load of different reactions. Here’s a look at what fans and analysts had to say on Sunday night.