DENVER (AP) — The Golden State Warriors took to the street to work out some early season wrinkles of their general recreation.
Kevin Durant scored 25 factors, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Warriors rode a giant third quarter to a 127-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night time.
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 15 factors apiece for the Warriors. They have received six of their final seven, together with all three throughout their simply concluded journey.
“Getting on the road was good for us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated. “Sometimes you need to get on the road to feel more threatened. A team like this especially that’s used to being successful. I thought we took a couple of home games for granted and we weren’t defending, we weren’t bring energy.”
Will Barton had 21 factors off the bench to guide the Nuggets. None of Denver’s starters reached double figures in scoring.
Up by 5 at halftime, the Warriors pressured a decisive flip within the recreation with a 24-Four run to begin the third, taking an 84-59 lead when Curry hit a fall-away Three-pointer from the baseline after poking the ball away from Mason Plumlee for a steal.
The Warriors completed with 43 factors within the third – probably the most factors allowed by the Nuggets in a interval this season – and took a 103-76 lead into the fourth quarter.
“I think everybody came out with great energy in the second half. We found something in the pick and roll and we tried to exploit it,” Durant stated. “Guys have been transferring on the bottom with out the ball, discovering the open space and pulling down pictures.
“We didn’t play well a few games early on, but the last three games have been solid for us,” Durant added. “We’ll try to take it home and build on that.”
Durant had 13 of his factors within the interval and Curry added 12 in the identical span, serving to Golden State lead by as many as 29 factors and outscore Denver by 22 factors within the quarter.
“They just blitzed us and we didn’t respond,” Barton stated.
Both groups started to substitute freely early within the fourth quarter and the Warriors coasted to the victory.
The Nuggets, trailing by 13 after the primary quarter, scored 15 straight factors to begin the second behind their bench gamers and moved in entrance for the primary time within the recreation on Barton’s fastbreak Three-pointer 38-36 halfway by way of the interval. But Golden State got here again to guide 60-55 on the half, scoring 9 of the final 13 factors within the last two minutes of the quarter capped by Thompson’s Three-pointer off a feed from Curry an instantaneous earlier than the halftime buzzer sounded.
Golden State, showcasing its transition recreation and ball motion all through the sport, completed with 37 badists, together with a recreation excessive 11 by Curry.
“They never cave in,” Barton stated. “When we went on that run in the second quarter, they just kept playing, kept on making plays, stuck to their game plan and weathered the storm. And if we’re trying to be a good team, we’ve got to be able to do the same things.”
The Warriors shot 54.9 % from the sphere, a season excessive by a Nuggets’ opponent and one more sign of Golden State’s offensive potential on a nightly foundation. “I don’t want to sit here and say we won’t do that all season, but as long as we get good shots, we give ourselves a chance to shoot a good percentage,” Green stated.