November 11, 2018 / 4:18 AM / 7 months ago

Cook leads short-handed Warriors over Nets

Quinn Cook scored 19 of his 27 points in the first half in his first start in place of the injured Stephen Curry, helping the Golden State Warriors roll to a 116-100 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night in Oakland, Calif.

Kevin Durant had a game-high 28 points and Klay Thompson added 24 as the Warriors bounced back from a home loss to Milwaukee to win convincingly despite the absence of Curry and Draymond Green.

Curry suffered a strained groin in the Milwaukee loss.

Joe Harris fired in a team-high 24 points for Brooklyn, which was playing the second half of a back-to-back that began with a dramatic 112-110 win at Denver on Friday night.

Durant matched Cook’s 19-point total in the first half, during which the Warriors ran out to a 12-point lead and never looked back. They won for the ninth time in their last 10 games overall and posted their eighth straight win over the Nets.

Golden State completed a season-series sweep of the Eastern Conference club, having already won 120-114 at Brooklyn in October.

Golden State went 5-0 last season in games in which Durant and Thompson played, but Curry and Green did not. This was the first such contest this season.

Cook shot 11-for-16, Durant 9-for-15 and Thompson 11-for-20, helping Golden State shoot 55.4 percent overall on a night on which the two-time defending champs made only seven 3-pointers.

Durant completed a double-double with a game-high 11 assists in the finale of the Warriors’ five-game homestand, their longest of the season.

Harris was 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 on 3-pointers for the Nets, who had won three in a row, including two straight to begin a four-game trip.

Shabazz Napier and Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench to chip in with 14 points apiece for Brooklyn, which made only seven of its 24 3-point attempts (29.2 percent).

D’Angelo Russell shot just 5-for-16 on a 12-point night, while Caris LeVert, hero of the win at Denver with a last-second hoop, managed only four points on 1-for-6 shooting.

—Field Level Media

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