DRAYMOND Green capped his triple-double performance with a crucial basket and tip-in to help the Golden State Warriors hold off the Denver Nuggets, 127-119, at the Oracle Arena on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time)
Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant all scored over 20 points and led the Warriors offense, but Green stood out down the stretch and finished with 15 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, none more important than his last board off a Curry miss.
Curry scored six straight points in the Warriors’ 8-0 run near the end of the third to start pulling away from a tight contest early on against the Nuggets and led by as much as 14. Denver managed to cut the gap down to six, 104-98, with 8:12 remaining in the fourth, as Wilson Chandler dropped 10 points early in the quarter.
But the Warriors stars kept the Nuggets at bay, neutralizing every Denver run and building their biggest lead at 15 with over three minutes to play. Denver again got within six, 121-115, with 1:37 left, but Golden State answered back with a quick Green layup.
When Danilo Gallinari responded with his own bucket in the next play, Green tipped in a Curry miss to notch his second triple double of the season and keep an eight point advantage with just 28 seconds remaining.
Denver still showed no quit but Klay Thompson sank both free throws to seal the final score and preserve the win for Golden State, its third in a row.
Thompson had 25 points, Curry scored 22, while Durant added 21 markers for the Warriors, the first team to notch 30 wins this season with a 30-5 record.
Nikola Jokic and Chandler each scored 21 to lead Denver, who lost its second game in a row and fell to 14-20. Gallinari added 19 markers.
Golden State and Denver figured in a shootout early, as both teams shot over 60 percent from the field in the first quarter, which the Warriors led 35-33.
The Nuggets grabbed a taste of the lead midway through the second frame, 51-48, but the Warriors came out of the first half on top, 68-64, on a Durant buzzer-beating triple.