Instant Analysis: Warriors use 43-point third quarter to trounce Nuggets
Warriors dominate the third in Denver
After losing a double-digit second-quarter lead Saturday night, the Warriors rallied in the second half for a 127-108 rout of the Nuggets at Pepsi Center in Denver.
The win gave the Warriors (7-3) a sweep of their three-game road trip, winning by an average of 22.3 points.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Kevin Durant’s 25 points. Stephen Curry totaled 22, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green 15 apiece, with JaVale McGee coming off the bench to add a season-high 11.
The Warriors recorded a season-best 38 assists.
The entire starting lineup played well, but Curry was spectacularly efficient without doing many spectacular things.
Curry’s line: 22 points (7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-10 from deep, 3-of-4 from the line), a season-high 11 assists and two steals. He played 30 minutes and finished an astonishing plus-44.
Curry’s 22 points and 11 assists represent his first double-double of the season.
The Warriors opened the second quarter with a 36-23 lead, but the Nuggets recovered to lead by as much as six (47-41) before the Warriors took control.
With the score tied at 55-55 and 47 seconds left in the first half, the Warriors went on a 29-4 run that was punctuated by a Curry triple, taking an 84-59 lead with 6:13 left in the third quarter.
Denver got no closer than 19 over the remainder of the game.
Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (rest) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez (Mononucleosis) was listed as out.
The Warriors return to the court Monday night, when they face the Miami at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.