Golden State Earns 30th Win to Start the New Year
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jan 05, 2017,
Jan 05, 2017, 0:44
Denver kept the game within five points and refused to give up.
The Nuggets also had a very balanced scoring attack.
The Nuggets are fighting for the eighth seed so these two teams could meet in the playoffs. The game that started with both teams trading leads ended up with the Kings ballooning their lead to 14 points at one moment behind a 16-0 run by the Kings at one point. Pachulia would finish with 11 points, 9 rebounds, a game high plus minus of 17, and a forearm shiver to Jesuf Nurkic s throat in the third quarter for good measure. Right now he has more dunks than LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns-and he plays just 8.4 minutes per game.
The Nuggets hoped to capitalize on the Warriors' weaknesses on the offensive glass.
The Denver Nuggets will host the Sacramento Kings.
Danilo Gallinari did most of the damage but the biggest takeaway was that the Nuggets were shooting an vast amount of three-pointers. Sacramento's star big man dominated the Nuggets up-and-comer, scoring 31 points, grabbing six rebounds and handing out six assists in the win. Afflalo had 19 points off the bench in his return to the lineup, and Kosta Koufos scored 18. Wil Barton had 14 points with seven rebounds and four assists.
And for the second game in a row, Collison performed at the level needed for the Kings to have realistic playoff hopes. They had a respectable 13 turnovers on Monday night, the same number they had against the Mavericks on Friday.
How early in the morning did you take your first hit? The Warriors did not play in front of the ball. "A lot of people sharing the ball and sharing the shots", said Kerr. They scored 36 points in the paint in the first half. "I knew that would happen at times, given a new system, but I think we're good to go now".
"We have the worst defense in the NBA", Malone continued. But the attention to detail has to be there. We re kind of disconnected on the defensive end for a while. They held Denver to 32% shooting in the 3 quarter. But ever since Christmas, they're now at 106, including an 110 against the Nuggets.
The Denver Nuggets will have less than twenty-four hours to travel from Oakland back home for the second game of a back-to-back schedule.
But despite all the regular season victories, many analysts feel the Warriors' true test will come during the postseason and a possible third consecutive finals clash against reigning champions Cleveland Cavaliers.