THE Denver Nuggets gave the Golden State Warriors a dose of their own medicine in tying the NBA record with 24 made triples in a 132-110 blowout win at the Pepsi Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Juancho Hernangomez led the Nuggets’ three-point barrage with six triples en route to a career-high 27 points and added 10 boards to his tally. Jameer Nelson sank five treys as well to finish with a season-high 22 markers, while Will Barton and Gary Harris each drilled four triples to chip in 24 and 16 points, respectively.
Denver started the three-point party early, with 16 triples in the first half then led by as much as 28 points near the end of the third quarter. But the Warriors bench sizzled at the start of the fourth to cut the lead down to nine, before Harris capped an 18-4 run with a trey to put away the Warriors for good.
Overshadowed by the Nuggets hot shooting is the all-around play of Nikola Jokic, who finished with a triple-double of 17 points, 21 rebounds and 12 assists to help Denver improve to 25-30.
The Warriors, who played without Klay Thompson (sore right heel), only shot 8-of-32 from deep and Steph Curry personified their struggle with an airball from the corner to end up with just 1-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Curry finished with just 11 points as the Warriors (46-9) were led by Kevin Durant with 25 points. Ian Clark added 18 off the bench, and Patrick McCaw started for Thompson and chipped in 17 markers.