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
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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
said. "Jason Richardson came alive after
struggling a little bit and he made some big plays for us down
Denver, which has dropped six straight games without an injured
, 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
"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."
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."
, 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.
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
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
"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."
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."