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Warrior Win Streak Snapped At 10

Steph Curry and the Warriors saw a 10-game winning streak, and a shot at history, come to an end Wednesday night in Brooklyn.

Steph Curry and the Warriors saw a 10-game winning streak, and a shot at history, come to an end Wednesday night in Brooklyn.

Winners of 10 straight, the Golden State Warriors visited the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday looking to rewrite the history books.

Mark Jackson’s side entered Barclays Center chasing a pair of records.

Up for grabs was the chance to tie the longest winning streak in Warriors franchise history and set a new NBA record.

The Warriors’ current longest winning streak sits at 11 games, a record that dates back to the 1971-72 season when the likes of Al Attles and Nate Thurmond were treading the hardwood for the then-San Francisco Warriors.

With a win on Wednesday, the 2014 Golden State Warriors would tie that record, giving the team a shot at eclipsing it at home on Friday night.

A win over the Nets would set an NBA first too. No team has ever gone 7-0 on a road trip. With six wins in the bag on this current jaunt, the Warriors could become the first.

Golden State jumped out to a fast start, outscoring the Nets 32-22 in the first quarter. For 12 minutes at least it looked as though the team would be returning to the Bay Area with a smile on its face and some newly-inked history books.

Having won three straight heading into the game, these aren’t the same Nets that you might have gotten used to seeing this season though.

A resilient effort saw Jason Kidd’s side outscore the Warriors by 17 points in the second quarter to take a 59-52 lead into the locker room.

Golden State responded to the halftime deficit by limiting the Nets to just 16 points in the third quarter to give the West Coast team a 76-75 advantage at the end of the period.

A balanced fourth quarter saw Nets’ center Kevin Garnett score 11 points to keep his team in the hunt but Brooklyn trailed Golden State 93-89 after Klay Thompson hit a three-pointer with 4:05 left in the game.

Momentum took a swing at that moment though. The Nets managed to hold the Warriors without a point until Steph Curry went to the free throw line with 0:09 left on the clock. By that time it was too late.

The Nets had put together a 98-93 lead while the Warriors had missed six straight shots, including four from downtown. The teams traded free throws before the Nets emerged as 102-98 victors, leaving the Warriors to oh so narrowly miss out on history.

Curry finished the game with 34 points on 11 of 25 shooting, adding seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in a losing effort. David Lee, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, finished with 20 points and seven boards.

Joe Johnson led the Deron Williams-less Nets with 27 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter, including 8 of 8 shooting at the charity stripe. Those clutch free throws proved to be the difference in the game.

Golden State (24-14) will now make the journey back west before resuming play at Oracle Arena on Friday.

Enjoying its longest winning streak of the season so far, Brooklyn (14-21) remains unbeaten in 2014, a trend that will be tested when the defending champion Miami Heat arrives in town on Friday.

While the Warriors’ winning streak was extinguished in Brooklyn, 3,000 miles away the Los Angeles Clippers (25-13) picked up a fourth win in five games, defeating the Boston Celtics (13-23) at Staples Center.

The 111-105 win, which saw Clippers coach Doc Rivers beat his old club for the second time this season, moved the Los Angeles side into pole position in the Pacific Division, one-game ahead of the Warriors.

The Clippers and Warriors look certain to battle back and forth for the division title this season. According to the last NBA Futures, the bookmakers currently favor the Warriors (5/1 to win the West) over the Clippers (7/1).

The two sides are scheduled to meet in Oakland at the end of the month in the third of four meetings this season. Each team has picked up a home win in the previous two meetings.

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