Despite losing for the third game in a row, the Nets (11-7) remain in second place in the Atlantic Division, trailing only the New York Knicks (14-4).
The Brooklyn Nets came up short on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, dropping their third straight game, 109-102. This was Brooklyn's fourth consecutive game without leading scorer Brook Lopez. Andray Blatche filled in well, with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Joe Johnson also scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets. David Lee led the Warriors with 30 points and 15 rebounds, and Stephen Curry had 28 points.
The Knicks were off on Friday, but fans are still reveling in New York's Thursday victory over the Miami Heat. With Carmelo Anthony on the bench, the Knicks defeated the Heat, 112-92. The teams were tied at halftime, but New York jumped out to a big lead to begin the third quarter, and never looked back. Raymond Felton led the way for the Knicks with 27 points and seven assists. The Knicks, who average more 3-point attempts than any team in the league, made 18-of-44 from behind the arc.
Around the Atlantic Division, the Philadelphia 76ers narrowly defeated the Boston Celtics in overtime on Friday, 95-94. With the win, Philadelphia jumped into third place in the division. Evan Turner drained the game-winning shot with just 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers. For Boston, Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 14 assists.
The Raptors lost their third game in a row on Friday against the Utah Jazz, 131-99. Eight Utah players finished with double-digit points, including Paul Millsap, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Andrea Bargnani led Toronto with 20 points and 8 rebounds.