Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, Jamal Murray had 17 points and 9 rebounds, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 114-104 on Thursday night, January 14 (Friday, January 15, Philippine time).
Will Barton had 17 points, JaMychal Green added 15 points and 9 rebounds, Paul Millsap scored 12, Monte Morris had 11 and PJ Dozier scored 10 points for Denver.
The Nuggets were missing two starters, Michael Porter Jr (COVID-19) and Gary Harris (personal reasons).
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 35 points and added 11 rebounds, James Wiseman had 18, Andrew Wiggins added 16 and Kelly Oubre Jr scored 14 for the Warriors.
Denver led by 11 at halftime and increased it to 73-59 after two free throws by Dozier but Golden State clawed its way back. A three-point play and a three-pointer by Curry got the Warriors within 7, and Oubre’s three-pointer with 3:45 left in the 3rd quarter made it 79-74.
The Nuggets responded with an 11-2 run to end the period, with Facundo Campazzo hitting a corner three-pointer to put them ahead 90-76 heading into the 4th.
Golden State scored the first 6 points of the final quarter to get within 8 but Barton’s triple and free throw to complete a four-point play gave Denver a 94-82 lead. Curry hit a driving layup but Jokic answered with a jump hook to keep it a 12-point game.
Curry banked in a floater and hit a layup to keep the Warriors close but Green hit a three-pointer from the top of the circle and Morris made it 105-91 on a layup that gave Jokic 10 assists and his fifth triple-double of the season.
Golden State made one last push, getting within 109-100 on Wiseman’s tip with 2:13 left but the Nuggets held on.
Denver ended the 1st quarter on a 14-3 run to take a 37-24 lead into the second period. The Warriors got within 7 when Curry was fouled on a three-pointer and hit the free throw for a four-point play but the Nuggets took a 65-54 halftime lead. – Rappler.com