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12/07/2012 11:48 PM EST
Lee, Curry make Jackson a winner in Brooklyn
GOLDEN STATE 109, BROOKLYN 102

By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Jackson looked around Barclays Center and
saw friends, family and familiar faces from a lifetime of New
York basketball.



What he saw on the court was pretty special, too.



David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28
points, and the Golden State Warriors gave their coach a winning
return to Brooklyn by beating the Nets 109-102 on Friday night.



"Good to be home," Jackson said, "and it's even better to leave
out of here with a victory."



Lee scored six straight points to break open a tie game midway
through the fourth quarter, and Curry had 21 in the second half
for the Warriors, who won for the fifth time in six games.



Golden State improved to 2-0 on its season-high, seven-game road
trip against Eastern Conference opponents, a game played not far
from where Jackson became a New York City star.



Jackson's mother and sister were in the crowd, and he said he
even recognized people working in the arena who worked at
Madison Square Garden when he played there.



"He talked about it as being a dream of his and we just wanted
to come out with effort to make that happen for him," Curry
said. "You could see he had so much passion after the game. You
could tell how much this meant to him."



Joe Johnson scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets, who
dropped their season-high third straight. Deron Williams added
23 points and eight assists.



"We've had similar games like this all season where we get out
to a lead and really can't hang on to it. We really got
outworked especially in the second half," Williams said.
"Stephen Curry got hot in the offensive end and defensively we
just didn't play good tonight. We had too many breakdowns in our
defense, too many system errors."



Brooklyn played without starting center Brook Lopez for a fourth
straight game because of a sprained right foot. Andray Blatche
had 22 points and 15 rebounds in his place.



Curry's streak of 20-point, 10-assist games ended at four, the
longest by a Warriors player since Tim Hardaway 20 years ago,
when he had only five assists.



But he was locked in scoring mode in the second half of his
sixth straight game with 20 or more points, hitting long
jumpers, showing a shooter's body language in believing that
every time he pulled up, it was going in.



"He's a bad man," Jackson said. "He's a bad man. At the end of
the day, he's healthy, and I'll take him matching up against any
point guard in this league. And that's with total respect for
Deron Williams and some other guys in this league, but Steph
Curry is in that class and he shoots the ball as well as anybody
that's ever played, and for the first time in a long time he's
healthy, and I think people forgot just how good he is."



Curry tied it at 89 with a 3-pointer, then Lee knocked down two
jumpers and put back a miss as the Warriors opened a 95-89 lead
with 6:39 to play. The Nets got it down to four about three
minutes later, but Lee converted a three-point play before
Draymond Green's follow shot extended Golden State's lead to
105-96.



"Our problem is defense. We are not the same team defensively.
We have to get back and figure it out," Nets coach Avery Johnson
said. "We have to get our team out of this defensive funk."



Jackson was born in Brooklyn, played high school ball at nearby
Bishop Loughlin, starred at St. John's and began his NBA career
with the Knicks, winning Rookie of the Year honors in 1988. The
trip back to Brooklyn hit home, he said, when the team bus
passed a McDonald's where he used to eat after high school home
games.



Jackson said he spent Thursday with his son and visited with his
mother and sister earlier Friday. He said his reaction upon
seeing the $1 billion Barclays Center was simply, "Wow!"



"You couldn't imagine this being here as a kid growing up, or as
a high school kid, just couldn't imagine it," he said before the
game. "So it's a big deal and rightfully so."



He said he had about 10 friends and family members at the game,
and got a nice hand after the introduction of the Warriors'
starting lineup.



Lee spent five years with the Knicks and reserve Charles Jenkins
played at Hofstra, so plenty of Warriors were comfortable in New
York.



"It's great for a bunch of us to be back here and we take a lot
of pride in going on the road and finding a way to get wins,"
Lee said, "and we were very, very happy we did that."



The Nets led by seven after one, then got 3-pointers by Jerry
Stackhouse and Johnson to open the second, increasing their lead
to 37-24. The Warriors battled back to tie it at 55, but the
Nets scored the final eight points of the half, taking a 63-55
lead on Blatche's 3 with 0.5 seconds remaining.



Curry brought the Warriors back in the third, making three
3-pointers and scoring 13 of Golden State's 29 points. Jarrett
Jack's jumper with 1.1 seconds left sent the Warriors to the
fourth with an 84-82 lead.



Jack had 15 points and eight assists, Klay Thompson scored 13
points, and Green finished with 10 rebounds.



NOTES: Avery Johnson said Lopez did some shooting and light
running and the Nets would see what he could do at practice
Saturday before re-evaluating him Sunday. ... The seven-game
trip is only ninth for the Warriors franchise since moving West.
They haven't had a winning record since going 4-3 in 1970-71.
... Avery Johnson said Blatche is a good passer - most of the
time. "Sometimes he goes into his Globetrotter deal, which
doesn't yield great results," Johnson said.

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