Nuggets dig deep to strike gold against the Warriors

DENVER (Colorado) • Juancho Hernangomez hit six of Denver's franchise-record 24 three-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points, as the Nuggets routed the Golden State Warriors 132-110 in the National Basketball Association on Monday.

Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 21 rebounds and 12 assists for the second triple-double of his career. Four Nuggets hit at least four three-pointers, and Denver (25-30) finished at 60 per cent on their three-point attempts.

Jameer Nelson (23 points) had five from behind the arc, and Will Barton (24) sank four.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Patrick McCaw 19 and Ian Clark 18 for Golden State (46-9). The Warriors were just eight of 32 on three-pointers.

Stephen Curry finished one of 11 from long range, including an uncharacteristic air-ball.

"I just got served a humble slice of cupcake, and that's it," he said.


Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez shoots over James Michael McAdoo at the Pepsi Centre. He recorded a career-high 27 points against the Warriors. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Golden State point guard went four-of-18 from the field and finished with 11 points.

With the defeat, the Warriors matched their loss total from all of last season.

Both teams were short-handed because of injuries. Golden State were without Klay Thompson, David West, Zaza Pachulia and Shaun Livingston, while the Nuggets had just nine available players.

Danilo Gallinari missed his seventh game of the season, Emmanuel Mudiay his 10th and Kenneth Faried his third. Even with a skeleton line-up, the hosts were able to control the game. Their 79 first-half points were a season-high for a half and the most the Warriors have allowed in a half.

Golden State's reserves stepped up in the fourth quarter. A 15-2 run to start the period got them within 100-109 with 7min 29sec left, but Denver scored the next eight points to extend their lead and coasted the rest of the way.

"I think it's kind of the point in the season where everybody is tired. So there are no excuses," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "We just didn't look like we had our legs underneath us, and it was more maybe emotion than physical fatigue. We've been playing a lot of games, and obviously the emotional night the other night in (Oklahoma City). We were flat."

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    Number of three-pointers Denver sank in beating the Golden State Warriors at their own game, a franchise record.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 15, 2017, with the headline 'Nuggets dig deep to strike gold against the Warriors'. Print Edition | Subscribe