NEW YORK -- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry's streak of games with at least 20 points and 10 assists came to an end at four. It had to.
Curry was having one of those nights shooting the ball Friday, taking over in the third quarter for the second consecutive game. And after he had the full attention of the Brooklyn Nets' defense, forward David Lee finished things off. He scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Warriors to a 109-102 victory over the Nets.
"It's always fun when you can play well, but if the team is not winning, it really ruins it," said Lee, who finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds. "Tonight is just another example of a good team win for us. We are off to a great start."
The Warriors (12-7) walked out of the pristine Barclays Center 2-0 on its seven-game trip. They swept the season series with Brooklyn (11-7), a playoff contender in the Eastern Conference, and will try to improve to 3-0 on the trip Saturday at Washington, owner of the worst record in the NBA.
The Warriors have won six of their first 10 road games for only the fifth time since 1980. Their success away from home is perhaps the biggest indicator that they are serious about defending, rebounding and grinding out victories.
"That's where it shows, on the road," said Curry, who had 28 points and five assists. "You can obviously get up for games at home. But we're winning games in all sorts of ways on the road, against good teams so
The Warriors overcame quite a few obstacles. Nets guard Joe Johnson had his best game since being traded by Atlanta during the offseason, scoring 32 points. The Nets got a monster game from Andray Blatche, who started at center with Brook Lopez sidelined by an injured right foot. Blatche had 22 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs.
But the Warriors absorbed every blow the Nets landed, and they countered. They played with the moxie of a team that refuses to lose.
Perhaps no one displayed that more than rookie forward Draymond Green. He had a career-high 10 rebounds to go with three steals and six points in 28 minutes. He started the second half and helped hold Johnson to 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting the rest of the game. Green had seven rebounds in the fourth quarter, including four on offense -- none bigger than when he put back Lee's missed runner, giving the Warriors a 105-96 lead with 1:43 left.
"Everybody on this team has that mentality," Warriors center Festus Ezeli said. "I had a rough night at the office. Draymond came in, and he stepped it up big time for us. We're starting to find our identity. I've heard the comment 'soft' mentioned before. That's something we're definitely not. We're trying to show people that, 'Yeah, we are tough.' And we are coming out showing it defensively and offensively."
The Warriors gave up 63 points on 50 percent shooting in the first half. But Curry -- as he did in Wednesday's win at Detroit -- changed the tenor of the game.
He scored 13 points in the third quarter, making three 3-pointers. His first one tied the score at 70, helping to erase Brooklyn's eight-point halftime lead. The last two came in the final minute of the third, the latter putting the Warriors ahead 82-79 and sending a buzz throughout the arena.
"He got hot," said Nets point guard Deron Williams, who finished with 23 points and eight assists. "He is just one of those players that you could be guarding him tough two or three feet behind the (3-point) line, but he can still rise up and make the shot. He got himself going and gave adrenaline to the team."
The Nets regained control on the back of Johnson, but Curry tied the score at 89 with 9:45 left, hitting a 3-pointer from the left corner.
After that, the Nets defense, and seemingly fatigue, caught up with Curry, and his shot stopped falling. That is when Lee took over. He scored three consecutive baskets -- two jumpers and a putback -- to hand control back to the Warriors.
Curry, with the Nets reacting to his every move, then set up Green for a dunk to put the Warriors ahead 99-92.
Minutes later, Lee converted a three-point play after making a hook over Blatche, giving the Warriors a 103-96 advantage. Lee put the icing on the cake with a breakaway dunk with 36.6 seconds left.
After the game, you could hear the hype and emotion emanating from the Warriors' locker room.
"This team's not the most talented team in the league," Lee said. "But I figure we have some of the best chemistry in the league. ... We knew if we got stops and we got rebounds, we could walk out of here with a victory no one expected us to get on this road trip. And we did that."
Warriors (12-7) at Washington (2-14), 4 p.m., CSNBA