Jarrett Jack sure loves killing the Warriors, hitting the game-winning shot with 1.1 seconds left to key the victory.
First, the caveat: the Warriors are on their fourth game in five days, fifth in seven, and six in nine. This is clearly an exhausted version of the NBA’s best team.
But that’s about as far as it goes, because they are, after all, still the NBA’s best team, and the Nets held a lead nearly wire-to-wire, last trailing early in the first quarter against a team with the talent and expectation to dominate.
Defensively, the Nets locked down about as well as they’ve done all season, until Stephen Curry did, well, what Stephen Curry does, keying a fourth-quarter run that erased a ten-point lead.
This is a wholly different Nets team than the ones Barclays Center previously entertained this year. Barclays Center’s crowd didn’t even know how to react, rising with anticipatory cheers on nearly every shot attempt — for both teams — in the fourth quarter. This is the type of excitement that’ll keep them hunting for the playoffs.
Established excellent deep position in the post and just dropped in easy buckets throughout. He’s at his best when he uses his size to dominate the paint, and when he kept his body inside, it made all the difference.