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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 109, Nets 102

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Warriors 109, Nets 102

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Nets 109, Warriors 102

Player of the game: Warrior forward David Lee scored 13 of his team-high 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors won their second consecutive road game.

The Warriors have now won the first two games of their seven-game road trip.

Lee was brilliant from the field, knocking down 13 of 21 field goals – which he parlayed nicely with 15 rebounds.

[VIDEO: HIGHLIGHTS -- Warriors 109, Nets 102]

“That’s a very good basketball team,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “They have great talent. For us we take it one at a time and this was a huge win. Guys came in off the bench: Carl Landry, Jarrett Jack, Draymond Green were huge. Stephen Curry is showing the world how good he is and David Lee was spectacular.”

Key stretch: The Warriors went on a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to turn an 89-86 deficit into a 95-89 lead.

Lee had three consecutive buckets to finish off the run, including two jumpers and a put-back of a Curry miss.

The run put the Warriors in control for the game’s final five minutes.

Curry also had a big night for the Warriors (12-7) with 28 points on 10-for-19 from the field.

I said it before the game,” Lee said. “He’s healthy and this is what he’s all about. He’s a great person, great basketball player and I have confidence he can do it every night. … We’re just trying to be unselfish and make plays.”

Taking care of the ball: The Warriors entered Friday’s game averaging 16 turnovers per game. But they took nice care of the basketball against the Nets, and they had only seven through three quarters.

For the game, the Warriors had only 11 turnovers.

Blatche for Brook: On the surface, the Warriors seemed to catch a break because Nets center Brook Lopez wasn’t available. Lopez, who has a sprained an ankle, couldn’t play, but Andray Blatche played in place of him.

And Blatche had a big first half, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds. So effective was Blatche in the first half that coach Mark Jackson started Draymond Green in the third quarter for Festus Ezeli in an effort to slow down Blatche.

Green not only slowed down Blatche, he was money all around, too. Green’s tip-in with 1:43 remaining in the game gave Golden State it’s biggest lead of the night at 105-96.

Green finished with six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Hanging in: Things weren’t looking too good early for the Warriors as the Nets jumped out to a 37-24 lead early in the second quarter. But shots began falling, rebounds began finding their hands and defensive stops started coming – and by the four-minute mark of the second quarter it was a 46-45 Brooklyn lead.

The Warriors went ahead and took a three-point lead, but the Nets finished the second quarter on an 11-0 run to head into the locker room up 63-55 at halftime.

 

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.