The Brooklyn Nets set a franchise-record 91 first-half points — the third-highest total in NBA history — in Wednesday’s blowout 143-113 win over defending champion Goldens. State Warriors.
The Phoenix Suns hold the first-half scoring record with 107 against Denver in 1990, while the Warriors scored 92 against the Chicago Bulls in 2018.
Star man Kevin Durant scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half, also adding seven rebounds and five assists, while Edmond Sumner was the team’s second-leading scorer with 16 points off the bench.
Brooklyn recorded the historic total without Kyrie Irving, who suffered a calf injury.
In total, nine of the 12 Nets players who spoke scored in double digits, another franchise record.
“That’s what happens when you come to work and you’re ready to work from the start,” Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn told reporters, according to NBA.com.
It was the second resounding loss in as many nights for the Warriors, who suffered a 38-point loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
Steve Kerr’s team was without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins against the Nets. Curry is expected to be out for several weeks with a shoulder injury.
“It’s the Warriors,” Durant said, per NBA.com. “You always respect them no matter who is on the floor. They have a championship system and championship players.
It was the seventh straight win for the Nets, the longest running winning streak in the NBA, as they climbed to fourth in the Eastern Conference.
The Warriors, meanwhile, sit 11th in the Western Conference standings and, at 3-16, now have the worst road record in the NBA this season.