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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in historic 142-111 win over Nuggets

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in historic 142-111 win over Nuggets

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The Warriors are back on top of the Western Conference, thin air notwithstanding.

Looking like the champions they are, the Warriors sprinted into Pepsi Center in Denver on Tuesday and laid a 142-111 annihilation on the Nuggets.

It was the fifth consecutive win by the Warriors (30-14), the first time since early November they have had such a run of success.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 89 points on 65.3 shooting, Kevon Looney snagged a career-high 12 rebounds and Draymond Green posted a team-best plus-41 in his 31 minutes of work.

In taking their first home loss in more than two months, Denver (29-14) dropped behind the Warriors and into second place in the conference.

Here are three takeaways from the Warriors’ most impressive game of the season:

So ... any questions?

From being on the blunt end of blowouts at home, to the mediocre defensive numbers, to the general team chemistry, there have been legitimate concerns about the Warriors this season.

Consider those concerns incinerated.

The Warriors opened this game with playoff intensity, and with such extraordinary offense that the defense barely mattered. They built a 10-point lead in less than four minutes and a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. They had 22 assists and two turnovers in the first half and finished with 38 and 10, respectively.

When the Warriors really want to show what they’re about, this is what they do. This was a reminder -- for themselves and the rest of the NBA -- of the damage they do when fully engaged.

3-Ball City

Denver entered the game with the best 3-point shot defense in the NBA, limiting opponents to 33.2-percent shooting from beyond the arc.

So when the Warriors drained 10 3-pointers in only 14 attempts in the first quarter, the Nuggets had to be shocked. They also had to have an inkling of what was in store.

[RELATED: Warriors set franchise records in first quarter vs. Nuggets]

By the time Draymond Green hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, it was abundantly clear the Nuggets would be buried under a pile of triples.

The 3-balls kept dropping and dropping at an absurdly efficient rate. Curry scored 31 points on 8-of-13 shooting from deep, Durant totaled 27 and was 5-of-7 from deep, while Thompson was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in finishing with 31 points.

The Warriors finished 21-of-39 (53.8 percent) from deep.

Joke was on “The Joker"

Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic -- AKA The Joker -- leads the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. The 7-footer was coming off a game in which he scored 40 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and recorded eight assists.

He’s in the MVP conversation.

The Warriors went after him early, made him defend and wore him out.

Jokic totaled 17 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three turnovers. He was minus-21 in 23 minutes.

What happened to his offense? The Warriors played him straight-up, mostly with Looney, but sent another player whenever he was in the paint. There was not one minute during which Jokic looked comfortable on offense.

When you contain -- practically silence -- the opponent’s best player, victory tends to be a given.

Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

Warriors star Steph Curry says winning third NBA MVP 'would be special'

The last player to win at least three NBA MVP awards was LeBron James when he took home the trophy for a fourth time in the 2012-13 season. 

Steph Curry is ready to add to his trophy case. The Warriors' start point guard came up short in his attempt to three-peat as a champion last season, but he has a third MVP on his mind this year.

"At the end of the day, winning an MVP would be special," Curry said Tuesday to ESPN's Rachel Nichols on "The Jump." "And it's something that -- I've experienced before and would love to experience again.

"I'd love to push the envelope and push the limits a little bit."

Curry averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 assists per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the 3-point line in his first of two MVP seasons. He's averaged more points per game in every season since, and his 27.3 points per game last season were the second-highest of his career. 

With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out for several months with a torn ACL, Curry is expected to see plenty of shots and could put up huge numbers. Curry was seen putting up shots late Monday night at the Warriors practice facility in San Francisco and seems locked in on silencing the Dubs' doubters. 

[RELATED: Steph fires back after KD's criticism of Warriors offense]

"I always say, I'm playing like I'm the best player on the floor no matter what the situation is," Curry said to Nichols. "That's my mentality. It might not mean I'm taking every shot, but that's the aggressiveness that I need to play with and the confidence I need to have." 

This will be a whole different Warriors team than in past years, but it could also be the return of MVP Steph.

Warriors unveil pristine Biofreeze Performance Center at Chase Center

Warriors unveil pristine Biofreeze Performance Center at Chase Center

Chase Center is an incredible, state-of-the-art building with all the bells and whistles.

The Warriors are preparing to open their first season in San Francisco, and the unveiling of all Chase Center has to offer already has begun.

It continued Wednesday when the Warriors announced the Biofreeze Performance Center at Chase Center, complete with photos to make your jaw drop.

The brilliant building comes with two full-size basketball courts, six hoops, a 4,000-square foot weight room, a sauna, a theater, a cryochamber, barbershop, kombucha bar and nap pods to boot.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF THE BIOFREEZE PERFORMANCE CENTER