In what was a conflict of two of the highest contenders for this 12 months’s Larry O’Brien trophy — and MVP race between Curry and Kevin Durant — it was the Warriors who showcased their credentials.
And all with out perennial All-Star Klay Thompson, who remains to be but to return from long-term damage.
After dismantling the Nets at Barclays Middle on a scorching 12-of-19 capturing — together with 9-of-14 from three — with 5 assists, two steals and a block, Curry was clear about his group’s goals.
“We now have championship DNA, nevertheless it’s been two years since we have been capable of show it,” Curry informed TNT after the sport.
Durant, who received two titles with the Warriors earlier than leaving in 2019, struggled on the evening with 19 factors. However afterwards, he praised Curry, calling him a “grasp at what he does.”
“That is what you get each evening [from] a participant like that taking part in at an MVP, Corridor of Fame stage. You have to respect it.”
The end result improved the Warriors’ document to an NBA-best 12-2 for the season, whereas the Nets slip to 10-5.
For the Nets, with superstars Durant and James Harden on the group — however Kyrie Irving nonetheless absent from the group — the aim is a NBA title.
However Nets head coach Steve Nash admits they’ve an extended option to go to achieve these heights.
“We obtained quite a lot of work to do. We’re attempting to enhance as a bunch, get higher and, hopefully, we are able to discover a option to overcome a few of our deficiencies by the top of the 12 months.”