In the Warriors' grasp was the winning trip they desperately needed. Confidence, momentum, a chance to creep closer to .500 -- it was all within their reach.

But Golden State allowed an Eastern Conference doormat to snatch it away. Wednesday's 107-100 loss to the New Jersey Nets sent the Warriors home with a 2-2 trip and a bitter taste. Including Saturday's loss to Charlotte, Golden State's two losses were against teams that are now a combined 16 games under .500.

"We had the game," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "This is a win that we fully expected coming in. ... They wanted it more."