Juancho, Jokic, and an unforgettable night for Denver Nuggets fans
Feb 16 2017
(And we're not going to mention he got beat backdoor twice in the first quarter, just like he got beat backdoor twice in OKC.) After a incendiary January and early February, the back-to-back MVP has fallen down to earth a bit the last four games averaging 17 points and shooting 8-of-32 from distance. Not only did he break his record, but he went on to demolish it, totaling 27 points and ten rebounds on the night.
The Golden State Warriors (46-8) are coming from a 130-114 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in which Kevin Durant had 34 points, nine rebounds and three assists while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each had 26 points.
Denver (25-30) feasted on the tardiness, nailing 24 of 40 from downtown, tying the National Basketball Association regular-season record for made 3s in a game.
Leading the way for the Warriors in the defeat was Durant who had 25 points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block. The Nuggets put on an awesome show in front of a sold out Pepsi Center center crowd that loved every minute of it. The Warriors were still recovering emotionally from perhaps its most personal matchup of the season. They hit 16 first-half 3s and ended up tying a regular-season record with 24 treys. Playing their 3rd game in 4 nights, the Warriors looked physically and mentally exhausted.
His off-hand comment soon became prophetic. Even though the Warriors' Durant drained 25 points on the night, it was not enough to provide a win for Golden State.
Warriors injury report: C Zaza Pachulia (right rotator cuff strain) and C David West (non-displaced fracture, left thumb) are out. In a sign of trust for those unheralded reserves, Steve Kerr opted to keep his All-Stars on the bench. The guy has been brilliant following a sluggish first month of the season during which the Nuggets couldn't figure out their ideal lineup configurations. He had 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but the Hornets lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
INDIANAPOLIS - Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points and San Antonio rallied to defeat IN in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Yet there Denver was Saturday, netting 24 treys. Jameer Nelson (23 points) had five 3-pointers and Will Barton (24 points) sank four from long range.