Warriors run out of gas in fourth, fall to Nuggets in Denver
NOT QUITE ENOUGH
Maybe it was the tough travel schedule that had them arriving in Denver at 4 a.m. Or maybe it was the thin mountain air. Or maybe it was the rapidly improving Nuggets.
In any case, the Warriors ran out of energy late, surrendering a 12-point second half lead and taking a 115-108 loss at Pepsi Center.
Kevin Durant poured in 31 points to lead all scorers. Stephen Curry totaled 24 points, Klay Thompson 16 and Zaza Pachulia added 10.
The Warriors (41-12) left Colorado with their first losing road trip (1-2) of the season.
Pachulia was good. McGee provided a defensive presence. Durant, though, was exceptional.
Durant’s line: 31 points (12-of-16 shooting from the floor, 0-of-2 from deep, 7-of-9 from the line), seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks. He played 42 minutes and finished plus-1.
When the Warriors went up 97-91 on a jumper by Durant, the Nuggets responded with an 11-2 run, taking a 102-99 lead on a 3-pointer by Will Barton with 4:12 left in the game.
Though they managed to twice get back into a tie, the Warriors never again went ahead.
The Warriors took an 83-77 lead into the fourth quarter, during which they were outscored 38-25. After shooting 41.4 percent through the first three quarters, Denver shot 47.6 percent in the fourth.
Warriors: G Pat McCaw (bruised toe) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) and F/C David West (personal reasons) were listed as out.
Nuggets: G Gary Harris (L ankle soreness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Tyler Lydon (L knee surgery), F Paul Millsap (L wrist surgery) and C Mason Plumlee (R calf strain) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to the court Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, where they will face the Oklahoma City Thunder. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.