Did you know the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the West? That’s right folks, they’re in the top spot after smacking the Denver Nuggets around, 141-111. The Nuggets got blitzed from the start and never recovered as the back-to-back champs cruised the entire second half. This was Denver’s first home loss since November 13th (a 12-game winning streak).
Klay Thompson and Steph Curry had 31 points apiece while Kevin Durant added 27 points. Draymond Green had 13 assists and a team high +41 plus/minus.
Denver scored 38 points in the first quarter at home...and were down 13. That’s right folks, the champs ripped off 51 points to open the game, including drilling a franchise record 10 triples in the quarter.
The Warriors scored a franchise record 51 points in the first quarter tonight at Denver, including a franchise-best 10 three-point field goals (10-14 3FG).— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 16, 2019
10 s in a quarter. Most in Dubs history pic.twitter.com/oWkB94xGdZ— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 16, 2019
The second quarter wasn’t quite as flammable for the champs, unless you count Draymond Green’s emotions as he picked up a tech.
Draymond Green gets T'd up for arguing with the ref, and he won't stop. Was on the verge of getting ejected.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) January 16, 2019
- Durant had 20 points with four treys.
- Thompson 18 points with four treys.
- Curry had 14 points with four treys.
Jamal Murray refused to let the Nuggets get completely left in the rear view mirror early, ripping off 21 points of his own.
The Dubs led by as much as 23 early on, and only had two turnovers. Couldn’t ask for a better start, eh Dub Nation?
Warriors 79, Nuggets 60
The third quarter was led by championship level defense from Golden State. They choked out Denver’s offense with heady rotations and timely physicality. On the other end the Warriors three snipers took turns eating Nuggets like they were Clemson at Trump’s fast food inspired White House party.
After 3:— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 16, 2019
Steph x Klay x KD: 83
Nuggets: 83 pic.twitter.com/gKCDto9L1E
Thompson finished with FOUR DUNKS. When you have the normally ground-bound Thompson yamming it four times in a single game, you know the Warriors are locked in. Murray was silenced after his 21-point first half; he didn’t score a single point in the second half.
Malik Beasley led the Nuggets with 22 points, while NBA Twitter’s favorite big man Nikola Jokic was shackled to 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Kevon Looney picked up a career high in rebounds with 12.
Best win of the season for the Warriors -- 142-111 in Denver -- and a very balanced, loaded box score pic.twitter.com/wH5Dxr3tkE— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 16, 2019
Finally, disenchanted Warriors fans can breathe easy. The Warriors lead the West again (yay). Crazy that the Dubs are doing it without playing a single game with the real starting 5, huh?
The Dubs play again tomorrow, thankfully they got some rest in the second half of this game.