The Golden State Warriors proved to be the better team in the NBA on Tuesday night, defeating the visiting Brooklyn Nets 117-99 in one of the most anticipated matchups of the first half of the season.
In addition to being a matchup of Western and Eastern Conference powerhouses and a probable preview of next year’s NBA Finals, this game featured a showdown of the two leading scorers thus far this season, with Kevin Durant leading the way and Stephen Curry chasing him down.
In terms of scoring, the “Chef” dominated the matchup in every way; the Golden State star scored 37 points in all, while his former teammate and now Brooklyn player, Durant, could only manage 19, his lowest number so far this season.
Newsmen recall that Curry and Durant won two NBA championships together during their three seasons with the Warriors. Durant was injured two years ago and moved to Brooklyn, where he waited out a year before winning both encounters against his former teammates last season.
Durant’s game simply did not pan out on the night. He missed all eight of his shots in the third quarter, allowing the Warriors to win that quarter 35-18.
Andrew Wiggins was Curry’s best teammate for the Warriors, scoring 19 points to help Steve Kerr’s squad win for the first time since losing to the Charlotte Hornets last Sunday.
James Harden, who led the Nets with 24 points, was the leading scorer for the visitors from Brooklyn.
The Golden State Warriors’ next game will be against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. The Brooklyn Nets, for their part, will face the same Cavs on Wednesday, next week.