The Denver Nuggets blow out the Dubs 132-110, tie an NBA record with 24 3-pointers

February 13, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee, left, and forward Kevin Durant look on from the bench against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Denver- The Denver Nuggets, fighting for a playoff berth in the Western Conference, blew out the Warriors by a score of 132-110. The Dubs were playing without four key members of the team. Zaza Pachulia is still out with a shoulder injury. David West has a fractured thumb, Klay Thompson sat out with a sore heel, and Shaun Livingston was given time off to witness the birth of his baby.

The Warriors, however, ran into a buzzsaw. They scored 30 points in the first quarter, but Denver scored 42. The Nuggets made 7 three-pointers in 11 attempts to propel them to a 12-point lead. The second was worse for the Dubs. Denver made 9 3-point shots and cruised to a 25-point lead at halftime.  The Dubs were down 79-54.

The Warriors attempted a comeback in the third period, but they were only able to cut the deficit to 22, and the game belonged to Denver. The Warriors and Denver each scored 25 in the fourth quarter.

Game Notes and stats- The Warriors had five players in double figures. Kevin Durant had 25, Patrick McCaw 19, Ian Clark 18, Steph Curry 11, and Andre Iguodala had 15. The Nuggets’ big man Nikola Jokic had a triple-double. He scored 17, had 12 assists, and a fantastic  21 rebounds. Juan Hernangomez led the Nuggets with 27, Will Barton had 24, Jameer Nelson 23, Gary Harris 16, and Jamaal Murray 14.

The Warriors shot a respectable 48.9% from the floor, but Denver shot 54.5%. The Dubs went 8-for-32 shooting threes good for 25%. Denver shot 24-for-40 for an amazing 60% from three-point range. The Nuggets had 34 assists while the Dubs had just 25. The Nuggets outrebounded the Warriors 52-27. They dominated the board Monday night. The  Dubs excelled in steals and blocks. They had 12 steals and 6 blocks. That was the only bright spot in a very long evening.

The Nuggets needed a victory to stay in the race for the final playoff spot. They lost to the Cavaliers Saturday. They also made a trade before Monday Night’s game. They sent disgruntled center Jusuf Nurkic and a 1st-round draft pick to the Portland Trailblazers for Mason Plumlee.

The Warriors return home to face the Sacramento Kings Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Game time is at 7:30 pm.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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