Jermaine O'Neal put up 23 points and added 13 rebounds, his first double-double of the season, to lead the Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets, 93-86. The Warriors put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only 10 possessions while totaling 26 assists. Golden State (34-22) has now won three straight.
O'Neal finished 10-13, in what was an efficient performance. Other top contributors for Golden State included Draymond Green with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Stephen Curry with 17 points and 8 assists. Despite the loss, Deron Williams scored 20 points for Brooklyn on 8-16 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line. Andray Blatche added 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Flying in the face of the metrics, Golden State, ranked 26th in the NBA at avoiding mistakes (TO% of 15.5%), handled the ball well in this game. On the season, the defense of Brooklyn forces the most turnovers in the league (31.5%). After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.60, the Warriors are undefeated (3-0) on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Nets are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
This drops Brooklyn (25-28) to 1-1 versus Golden State on the season.
Coming up, the Warriors battle the Detroit Pistons, who are 23-33 on the season. The Nets match up against the Los Angeles Lakers, currently sitting at 19-36 this year. The Warriors have a 1-0 record against Detroit this season. The Nets have a 0-1 record against Los Angeles this season.