GOLDEN State rode another hot start, this time from Stephen Curry, as the Warriors demolished the Denver Nuggets, 125-101, at the Pepsi Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
A day after Klay Thompson outscored the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter, Curry almost replicated the feat in scoring 14 against the Nuggets' 19 points after 12 minutes of action. The reigning MVP sank three of his seven triples in the period as Golden State set the tone of the rout early with a 38-19 lead.
Denver put up some fight in the second period to trim the gap to 14, 65-51, at the break. But Curry had another shooting clinic in the third quarter, sinking four more three-pointers as the Warriors built their biggest lead at 31, 97-66, near the end of the frame.
Malik Beasley then led an early run by Denver in the fourth quarter to get the lead down to 20, 99-79, but the Warriors bench managed to put away the Nuggets for good.
Curry finished with 33 points, including seven of his team’s 14 triples, to lead the Warriors. Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant added 19 and 18, respectively, to push Golden State’s record at 7-2.
The Nuggets were led by rookies Jamal Murray and Beasley, with 14 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench. Danilo Gallinari and Gary Harris each had 11 in a losing cause for Denver, now with a 3-4 card.