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Warriors cruise past Denver behind Curry's 36

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Warriors cruise past Denver behind Curry's 36

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Stephen Curry shot the lights out all night and the Warriors used a 37-point third quarter to separate from the Nuggets and earn their best road win of the year.

Warriors 109, Nuggets 101

Player of the game: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a season-high 36 points, helping Golden State snap a two-game losing streak.

This feels good, Curry said afterward. We came with it on both ends. We were a little sluggish to start, but obviously our shots started falling so it was a good night.Third is the charm: The Warriors gained separation from the Nuggets in the third quarter, outscoring Denver 37-20. The 37-point third quarter was the Warriors second-highest scoring third-quarter of the season. They scored 40 points in a Feb. 2, win over the Utah Jazz. For the period, the Warriors shot 70 percent from the floor and went 5-for-9 from 3-point range.Currys first half: On Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was Monta Ellis who had a monster first half, scoring 30 points on his way to 48 for the night.On Thursday night, it was Curry who had a huge first half. Curry had 21 points in the first 24 minutes, going 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.Thompsons career night: Rookie Klay Thompson had 19 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. The 19 points were a career-high for Thompson.That was big for us, Curry said of Thompson. They were trying to make a run (in the fourth) and he stayed aggressive and made some big shots. It was his 22nd birthday (Wednesday) and we tried to get him 22 (points), but settled for 19. Well take that.Udoh out of the gate: Ekpe Udoh was a big-time factor late in the first quarter and into the second quarter, making himself a presence around the rim. Udoh had five blocks in 11 minutes, and he wasnt particular about which Nugget he sent away.Julyan Stone, Andre Miller, Kosta Koufos and Al Harrington (twice) all had their shots blocked by Udoh in the first half.For the game, the Warriors had 14 blocked shots to just one for the Nuggets.Biedrins better: After coming off a game in which he had zero points, zero rebounds and zero assists in 14 minutes, Warriors center Andris Biedrins was a little more of a factor against Denver.Biedrins had four rebounds and two blocks in seven first-quarter minutes, and he helped limit Denvers Nene while he was in the game. Biedrins, however, remains overly gun-shy when it comes to attempting field goals. Biedrins got two offensive rebounds, both in the vicinity of the basket, and each time he passed the ball out to guards on the perimeter.Three in a row: The Warriors now play three straight home games, including a rare back-to-back home set on Sunday and Monday against Houston and Phoenix, respectively. They conclude the set against Portland on Wednesday.Theres got to be a carryover effect, Jackson said of the road victory. In my opinion weve had great intense performances the past two games. We dont feel good about (Tuesdays loss to Oklahoma City), but there was no carryover negatively. Now we look to build on it.

NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

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NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Steph Curry owes the NBA some money.

The two-time MVP was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece near the end of Saturday night's game in Memphis, the league announced.

He won't be suspended.

Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official.

"I want to play tonight. Don't think a suspension is necessary," Curry said following shootaround on Monday. "I'm pretty sure based on the precedent that was set last time I threw my mouthpiece, there'll be a fine.

"The timing is getting a little tight thinking about preparing for tonight, but just gotta wait and see."

Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece during Game 6 of the 2016 Finals.

He did not need to rewatch the incident from Saturday to know he was in the wrong.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's Game 3, we were playing terrible," Curry explained on Monday. "I was frustrated because I was fouling, I thought I got fouled on the last play and the reaction was definitely a little over the top.

"Stuff happens. Try to continue to be myself, show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn't take away from the team and misrepresent who I am."

Kevin Durant -- who was also ejected from the game -- apparently won't receive any additional punishment.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak

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Gameday: Klay aims for sole possession of longest active 3-point streak

Programming note: Warriors-Mavs coverage starts today at 4:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

As anxieties swirl about the Warriors in the wake of a 1-2 start, the defending champions will try to quiet outside concerns Monday when they meet the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The sound of soft alarms is a response to this season being the first time since 2009-10 that the Warriors opened by losing two of their first three games.

The Mavericks (0-3) are beyond their glory days -- they missed the playoffs season for only the second time in the past 17 years -- they are not yet in full rebuild, as 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki remains in the starting lineup.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant/Draymond Green vs. Harrison Barnes: The Mavs signed Barnes to a four-year deal worth $94 million to be one of their building blocks for the future. He led them in scoring (19.2 per game) last season, his first in Dallas. The Barnes departure from the Warriors opened the door to Durant, who became the NBA Finals MVP. Both Durant and Green have chances at Barnes. The Warriors took Barnes and Green in the same 2012 draft, and Green will never forget he was taken 28 picks later. It is safe to presume Barnes will have to work for everything he gets.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as probable but is expected to be available.

Mavericks: G Devin Harris (personal reasons) and G Dennis Smith (L knee swelling) are listed as questionable. G Seth Curry (L tibial stress fracture) and F Josh McRoberts (R knee soreness) are listed as out.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors swept the three-game series last season, have won the last seven meetings and 13 of the last 14.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

EARLY D: After losing to the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, several Warriors expressed dissatisfaction with their early-game defensive intensity. They’ve faced double-digit deficits in the first half of their last two games, though they were able to come back and win in New Orleans. They probably could get away with it in Dallas, but it’s an unhealthy habit.

SMALL ON SMALL: Though the Warriors utilize small lineups for significant portions of games, the Mavericks go small for most of every game. That’s a product of starting former Nowitzki at center and generally subbing him with young power forwards Nerlens Noel and Dwight Powell. In question is whether Warriors quickness can take control despite the length of the Mavericks.

STREAKING KLAY: A 3-pointer in Monday would give Klay Thompson the 58th consecutive game he has made at least one triple and would give him the longest active streak. He currently is tied with injured Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas, each with 57 games in a row.

QUOTABLE

“I want to play tonight. I don’t think a suspension is necessary. I’m pretty sure, based on the precedent that was set the last time I threw a mouthpiece, there would be a fine. But I hope to be out there playing tonight.” --Warriors G Stephen Curry on the possibility of NBA-dictated discipline after throwing his mouthpiece in the loss to the Grizzlies.