Curry displays golden touch against the Nuggets

DENVER • Steve Kerr heard it from the fans in Denver when he rested a healthy Stephen Curry for a National Basketball Association game two years ago. He might hear it again after playing him on Thursday night.

Curry carved up the Denver Nuggets with seven three-pointers on his way to 33 points, and the Golden State Warriors went up big early and coasted to a 125-101 win over Denver.

Kevin Durant had 18 points and saw his streak of scoring 20 or more points end at 72 straight games.

It is tied with Michael Jordan for the fourth longest in NBA history.

"It really didn't mean a thing for me," he said. "I think it was cool for the fans to see, but... I was going out there and doing what I'm supposed to do. It was cool while it lasted, up there with some great names, but I have bigger goals in mind."

Curry had seven assists and five rebounds in just 30 minutes and Klay Thompson scored 19 points for the Warriors, who have now gone 95 regular-season games without suffering consecutive losses.

They are tied with Utah for the longest such run in NBA history.

Rookie Jamal Murray had 14 points to lead the Nuggets, who were coming off a five-game road trip and playing just their second home game in the first three weeks of the season.

They had eight turnovers in the first quarter, leading to 15 points for Golden State. The Warriors shot 59 per cent in the first period and 54.1 for the game.

"We cannot continue to turn the ball over 18, 19 times a game if we want to give ourselves a chance to win," Denver coach Michael Malone said.

Curry did the most damage. He was 10-for-17 from the field one night after scoring a modest 24 points in a win over Dallas.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 12, 2016, with the headline 'Curry displays golden touch against the Nuggets'. Print Edition | Subscribe