NO LOOK Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) passes the ball away from Brooklyn Nets’ Patty Mills (8) and Bruce Brown (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 (November 17 in Manila). AP PHOTO
NO LOOK Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) passes the ball away from Brooklyn Nets’ Patty Mills (8) and Bruce Brown (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 (November 17 in Manila). AP PHOTO

NEW YORK: Stephen Curry exited the court to one last chorus of "MVP! MVP!" chants, a sound that even he thought was weird.

It is, after all, Kevin Durant's home arena.

It was Curry's night, though.

Curry had 37 points, easily winning a matchup of the NBA's top two scorers when Durant had his worst night of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 117-99 on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

A matchup with his former teammate had Curry revved up, as did the chance to bounce back from a loss in Charlotte on Sunday (Monday).

"So, it's not the playoffs, but there's an intensity that you have to show up to beat a team like that," Curry said. "You thrive off that competitive atmosphere, knowing that there's a lot of talent on the floor."

Durant came in leading the league with 29.6 points per game, but he managed only 19, the first time all season he didn't hit 20. He shot 0 for 8 in the decisive third quarter and finished 6 for 19 after sitting the fourth.

"They got long defenders, guys that can help, so seeing bodies all the time when I had the ball, that's what great defenses do. And then some shots I wish I could've had back," Durant said. "I rushed a few once we got down 15, 20. I'm trying to get it back so fast you end up taking bad shots and rushed shots."

Curry almost caught his former teammate for the NBA scoring lead, making nine 3-pointers and raising his average to 28.7 per game. Durant dropped to 28.9.

Much of his struggles were due to the defense of Draymond Green, the former Defensive Player of the Year.

"I wanted that challenge," Green said, saying he was "pretty decent" with it.

He was way better than that.

"You can't do a better job defensively than what Draymond did tonight," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Curry was 12 for 19 overall, with fans loudly cheering his long shots and giving him "MVP! MVP!" chants while Durant and the home team misfired.

Andrew Wiggins added 19 points for the Warriors, who improved their NBA-best record to 12-2.

Harden scored 24 points for the Nets, who came home from a 5-1 road trip and fell flat in the nationally televised matchup. Durant won both meetings last season against the Warriors, his first playing for Brooklyn after leaving Golden State.

But this is a much improved Warriors team this season and showed it off during a dominant third quarter when they outscored the Nets 35-18 after a close first half.