Warriors see their streak end at ten consecutive wins.
There were nine games on the NBA schedule on Wednesday night, and the in-form Brooklyn Nets ended the Golden State Warriors’ ten-game winning streak.
Mark Jackson’s men were hoping to become the first team in NBA history to secure a 7-0 road trip, but with Joe Johnson scoring 27 points they were undone 102-98 by a resurgent Nets.
Kevin Garnett added 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to help Brooklyn pull away, and was pleased that they were able to beat in-form and quality opposition.
“They came out and gave us a big blow in the first quarter. I thought we kept our composure and then fought back,” Garnett said, according to ESPN.
“That’s a very good team that we played tonight and a very good team that we beat tonight.”
Stephen Curry scored 34 points for the Warriors, who were bidding for a franchise-record 11th consecutive victory, but despite defeat, coach Jackson was keen not to lose sight of the 6-1 road trip and was pleased with the efforts of his players.
Brooklyn have now won their last four games to move into eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, and appear to be back on track for a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs continued their winning ways with a comfortable win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Tony Parker scored 25 points while Tim Duncan had 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Spurs never trailed throughout the game to move to 28-8 for the season and back to the top of the Western Conference.
Parker admitted to tiredness after a back-to-back but felt as though the Spurs had good energy, particularly with Marco Belinelli coming off the bench to add 17 points.
Kawhi Leonard (12 points) and Patty Mills (11 points) also contributed, as San Antonio had too much for the visitors to handle on Wednesday night.
In the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers continued to struggle in Atlanta as they slipped to an 97-87 win to the Hawks.
Kyle Korver had 17 points as the Hawks started quickly before holding off their rivals to snap a three-game losing streak and extended a run which has seen the Pacers fail to win at the Philips Arena since 2006.
Paul George had 28 points for the visitors but failed to receive significant support from his team-mates, as the Pacers saw their three-game winning streak end.
Other notable performers of the night were the impressive Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (21 points, 9 assists), Tony Ariza (21 points, 10 rebounds), LaMarcus Aldridge (36 points, 9 rebounds) and Blake Griffin (29 points, 8 assists).
Meanwhile, James Harden was as influential as ever as the Houston Rockets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in a 113-99 win at the Toyota Center.
Harden had 38 points on the night, as Dwight Howard picked up his first win against his former team.
Dallas Mavericks 90-112 San Antonio Spurs
Detroit Pistons 91-112 Toronto Raptors
Indiana Pacers 87-97 Atlanta Hawks
Golden State Warriors 98-102 Brooklyn Nets
Washington Wizards 102-96 New Orleans Pelicans
Los Angeles Lakers 99-113 Houston Rockets
Phoenix Suns 104-103 Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic 94-110 Portland Trail Blazers
Boston Celtics 105-111 Los Angeles Clippers