NEW YORK – The Road Warriors’ run is over. The Brooklyn Nets are suddenly the NBA’s hottest team.
Joe Johnson scored 27 points in the Nets’ season-high fourth straight victory, a 102-98 win Wednesday night that snapped Golden State’s 10-game winning streak and prevented the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history.
Kevin Garnett scored 11 of his 13 points, one of his best efforts in a Brooklyn uniform, in the final quarter and stole Stephen Curry’s pass with the Warriors down three with 12 seconds left as the Nets overcame an early 16-point hole.
“They came out and gave us a big blow in the first quarter. I thought we kept our composure and then fought back,” said Garnett, who was in double figures for just the sixth time this season.
“That’s a very good team that we played tonight and a very good team that we beat tonight.”
Shaun Livingston made the tiebreaking free throw with 1:12 left when he appeared to get away with hooking Curry, then Johnson made four in a row for just enough breathing room to allow the Nets to remain unbeaten in 2014 and climb into eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Curry scored 34 points for the Warriors, who were bidding for a franchise-record 11th consecutive victory overall and the first unbeaten road trip of seven or more games in NBA history. “Certainly a tough loss,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “Disappointed that we did not finish it the right way. Give them credit. It was a great job by them, but we will not lose sight of the fact that we were 6-1 on this road trip.”
Hawks 97, Pacers 87
In Atlanta, Kyle Korver scored 17 points, Pero Antic added 16 and the Hawks raced to a big lead before holding a off weary Indiana squad.
Suns 104, Timberwolves 103
In Minneapolis, Goran Dragic had 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds and Gerald Green scored a baseline jumper with 3.9 seconds left.
Spurs 112, Mavericks 90
In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 25 points, Tim Duncan had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Spurs never trailed.
Rockets 113, Lakers 99
In Houston, James Harden tied a season high with 38 points and Dwight Howard added 20 points and 13 rebounds to propel the Rockets past Los Angeles.
Trail Blazers 110, Magic 94
In Portland, Nicolas Batum had 14 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists for his fourth career triple-double.
Wizards 102, Pelicans 96
In New Orleans, Trevor Ariza scored 21 points, and John Wall added 20 for Washington.
Raptors 112, Pistons 91
In Toronto, Kyle Lowry had 21 points and nine assists, Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Raptors handed slumping Detroit its sixth consecutive loss.
Clippers 115, Celtics 105
In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 29 points, Jamal Crawford added 26, and the Clippers defeated Boston.