OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 27 (Ticker) -- For the second time in as many nights, Jason Richardson came through for the Golden State Warriors when they needed him most.

Richardson scored 10 of his 18 points in the final six minutes as the Warriors ran their season-high winning streak to three games with a 104-101 triumph over the shorthanded Denver Nuggets.

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"When the game's on the line is when guys step up," Richardson said. "You could have 24 points in three quarters and it doesn't matter as long as you win the game. I just tried to step up as much as I can and try to lead this team."

On Sunday, Richardson scored 26 points in the second half to help Golden State overcome a 10-point halftime deficit in a victory at Sacramento.

Richardson's outstanding play did not carry over into this game as he was just 3-of-10 from the floor and managed just eight points over the first 36 minutes. But he was 4-of-6 from the field in the final quarter.

"We came back pretty well in the fourth quarter," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "Jason Richardson came alive after struggling a little bit and he made some big plays for us down the stretch."

Denver, which has dropped six straight games without an injured Carmelo Anthony, was also without Kenyon Martin due to a back strain. Despite being shorthanded, the Nuggets opened an 87-80 lead following Marcus Camby's layup with 7:40 to go. But Richardson led the Warriors on a 13-0 burst over next three-plus minutes.

"It's difficult to even comment on a game where our players battled their rear ends off and really competed and trying desperately to win," Nuggets coach Jeff Bzedelik said. "We just didn't quite get it done plain and simple. I know it's an old cliche but I'm very proud of my basketball team."

Eduardo Najera started the Warriors' fourth-quarter run with a three-point play, Richardon followed with a pair of free throws and Mickael Pietrus, who scored a career-high 24 points, tied the game on a layup, 87-87.

"We have been playing harder during the second half and the fourth quarter," Pietrus said. "We just have to keep working hard and stay focused."

Troy Murphy, who had 16 points and 16 rebounds, converted a layup with 5:22 remaining to give Golden State the lead for good. Richardson scored the final four points in the decisive streak, including a turnaround jumper with 3:52 left.

Derek Fisher added 14 points, hitting three free throws in the final 25 seconds to help seal the win.

Pietrus scored 12 points in the second quarter and Cliff Robinson added 13 in the first half as Golden State led 53-46 lead at the break. But Denver regrouped during halftime and used a 13-3 outburst midway through the third quarter to take a 69-64 lead with 4:00 to go.

Nene scored four of his 19 points during the run, including a rim-rattling dunk to cap the outburst. Rodney White scored five of his season-high 17 points during the quarter to help the Nuggets to a 78-75 lead entering the final period.

The Warriors had been 0-13 when trailing after three quarters this season.

"We've tried our best to just stay with it," Fisher said. "A lot of time, life as well as in basketball, things seem to be tough for you and you have to remain persistent and our coaching staff has tried to continue to teach us as best they can and the players have remained as positive as we can."

The Warriors' Adonal Foyle had a pair of blocks and passed Joe Barry Carroll for the franchise record. Foyle has 838 blocks, one more than Carroll.

"It's good to be stopping baskets," Foyle said. "Any time that happens it's always a good thing."

Andre Miller had 21 points and a season-high 14 assists and Camby added 16 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, which has lost 16 of its last 19 games at Golden State.

"We're not here for moral victories," Camby said. "We came to try and get a win despite who we didn't have or who we did have out there. The guys we did have played hard, competed. It's tough when you're not playing with your two best players on your team but we've been battling injuries all season and guys have found a way to step up."