Warriors go frigidly cold from field, watch Nuggets snap 11-game win-streak
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OAKLAND -- The Warriors’ December win streak didn’t make it to Christmas, ending Saturday night at Oracle Arena in a hail of errant shots and missed opportunities.
Their 96-81 loss to the Denver Nuggets, which had all the earmarks of a trap game, snapped the streak at 11 and put the Warriors (26-7) in recovery mode as they await the Cavaliers on Monday.
Kevin Durant scored 18 points to lead the Warriors in scoring, while Klay Thompson had 15 and Draymond Green 10. The three combined for 16-of-48 shooting, as the Warriors shot 38.6 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers.
The 81 points represent a season-low for the Warriors.
No Warrior played particularly well, but Green was as effective as anybody.
Green’s line: 10 points (4-of-10 shooting, 1-of-4 from deep, 1-of-1 from the line), six assists, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. He played 33 minutes and finished minus-6.
After Pat McCaw completed a three-point play to pull the Warriors within two (37-35) with 5:46 left in the second quarter, Denver responded with an 11-0 run to go up 48-35 with 3:45 left in the half.
The Warriors got no closer than seven in the third quarter and trailed by double digits the entire fourth quarter.
Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (R knee soreness) and C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) are listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) is listed as out.
Nuggets: F Paul Millsap (L wrist ligament surgery) and G Emmanuel Mudiay (R ankle sprain) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action on Christmas Day, when they face the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:05.