The Golden State Warriors continue to re-establish the best start ever in an NBA regular season beating the Brooklyn Nets, 114-98, on Sunday.
The Nets were one of the few teams that had a legitimate chance to give the Warriors their first defeat of the season forcing an extra period in a 107-99 loss on Nov. 14.
Brooklyn would hang around with the Warriors again Sunday night and the game was close for the first three quarters until Golden State’s bench opened the game to a blowout.
As usual, Stephen Curry (5-of-9 three-pointers) and Klay Thompson (3 three-pointers) led the way with 28 and 21 points, respectively but the team got a major lift from their reserves led by Festus Ezeli (12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocked shots) and Leandro Barbosa (11 points on 4-of-5 field goals).
Draymond Green had another good all-around game finishing with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
The Warriors held a slim 79-78 lead with 1:25 to go in the third quarter but Golden State unleashed an 8-0 blast entering the final period. The Warriors continued to pour it on and built a double-digit lead halfway into the fourth and cruised to their 22nd victory of the season.
Brooklyn has now lost six of their last games and look to bounce back against Houston Rockets Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Golden State’s undefeated mark will be at risk against the surging Indiana Pacers also Tuesday. The Warriors are on the tail end of a long seven-game road trip and will also face the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks Friday and Saturday, respectively.