Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee, heart, drives to the basket towards Warriors’ Javale McGee, proper, and is fouled by Draymond Green on the Pepsi Center on Saturday in Denver. (Matthew Stockman / Getty Images)
DENVER — The third quarter had been dynamite for the Nuggets over the previous week. It pushed Denver to blowout wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors, and ignited rallies towards the New York Knicks and Miami Heat.
But that is the interval when the Nuggets fell aside towards the defending champion Golden State Warriors to flip an entertaining Saturday night time affair right into a snoozer. The Warriors outscored the Nuggets by 22 factors within the third quarter, permitting them to cruise to a 127-108 victory on the Pepsi Center.
Golden State ripped off a 16-2 run within the first 4 minutes after halftime. Draymond Green pumped his fist after a Three-pointer from the left wing. Zaza Pachuila completed in transition off a Jamal Murray turnover. Kevin Durant sank considered one of his 4 Three-pointers, upping the Warriors’ benefit to 19 factors.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone shortly turned to his second unit after Golden State’s preliminary scoring avalanche. But the Warriors saved pouring it on, with the lead ballooning to 29 factors on two Durant free throws within the quarter’s ultimate minute.
The loss dropped Denver to 5-5 by way of the season’s first 10 video games. The Nuggets are additionally Zero-2 on the second night time of a back-to-back, shortly erasing the euphoria of Friday’s dramatic 95-94 victory over the Heat.
Golden State’s third-quarter onslaught got here after a wild second quarter through which the Nugget erased a 13-point deficit. Kenneth Faried’s seven factors — together with two high-flying alley-oop dunks — spearheaded a 24-5 run by Denver’s second unit that despatched the Pepsi Center crowd into fixed eruptions.
Denver led by as many as six factors earlier than the break, however the Warriors closed on a 19-Eight run.
That mini-spurt teased what would come from Golden State within the third quarter.
Five Warriors completed in double figures, led by Durant’s 25 factors, Stephen Curry’s 22 factors and 11 badists and Green’s 15 factors, seven rebounds and eight badists. The Warriors shot 45 % (18-of-40) from past the arc towards a Denver protection that entered Saturday ranked 25th within the NBA in opponent’s Three-point field-goal share.
Will Barton led the Nuggets with 21 factors, eight rebounds and 5 badists off the bench, whereas Emmanuel Mudiay added 15 factors, seven badists and 5 rebounds. No Denver starter performed greater than 20 minutes or reached double figures.