The Warriors ran out of gas in the fourth quarter on Sunday night, falling to the Nuggets 116-105. Stephen Curry had another superb shooting night, scoring 29 points including seven three-pointers. David Lee recorded his 23rd double-double of the season with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Harrison Barnes also scored a new career-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds. The Warriors will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they take on the Miami Heat at home.
On losing control of the game:
"We didn’t take care of the basketball at the start of the fourth quarter. We gave them life by being careless with the basketball. This is a team that feeds off of that. They got it going in transition and hurt us. That’s not our brand of basketball, defensively or offensively in that fourth quarter."
On Stephen Curry:
"We turned the basketball over and when you turn over the basketball, you don’t get good looks. That’s what it boils down to. He had a great game. Two of our back court guys had five turnovers, ten turnovers together. You’re not going to survive that on the road."
On Jarrett Jack:
"He knows he has to be better with the basketball. Simple as that. You move on. [It was] out of character tonight."
On building the 10-point lead in the third quarter:
"We were really feeling good at the time; we were taking care of the basketball, we were getting quality looks on the offensive end and things fell apart early on. We knew what we had to do going into the fourth; we gave them life and they capitalized on it."
On Denver's rebounding:
"They just did everything right. The first five minutes, we gave them 18 points. There is no way you are going to win."
On if the Nuggets surprised them with the full-court press:
"No, we had a couple of inaccurate passes; you have to take care of the ball. It’s nothing we haven’t seen. Credit to them for pulling the trigger when they did. They made plays."
On what they learned from the loss:
"Don’t turn the ball over on the road."
On keeping up with rebounds:
"We are one of the best rebounding teams in the league, we are top three or four in the league, best defensive rebounding team in the league. They play a lot more guys than we do. I think [Kenneth] Faried sat out about half of the third quarter and the first three or four minutes of the fourth. [JaVale] McGee’s length, they come at you in waves. And [Danilo] Gallinari and [Andre] Iguodala are also very good rebounders. This is a game we should have won; the turnovers are what really killed us."
ONE LAST TIME
The Warriors ended one opponent’s four-game winning streak on Friday, and they’ll look to do so again on Sunday when they visit the Denver Nuggets. This will be the fourth and final matchup between the two teams, and the Nuggets have taken two of the first three. Two of these matchups have gone down to the wire, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this one does as well considering the teams are currently in fifth and sixth place in the Western Conference, respectively.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors let things get interesting after building a 20-point lead, but held on for a 103-97 win over the Trail Blazers on Friday night in front of the eighth-straight sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry (22 points, season-high 12 assists) and David Lee (24 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles, doing just enough to hold off a Portland comeback led by Oakland’s own Damian Lillard. Portland’s rookie guard scored 29 points in the second half on 12-for-16 shooting, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Warriors from improving to 23-12 for the season.
PLAYING LIKE ALL-STARS
Monday marks the final day for fans to cast their ballot for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, and Stephen Curry and David Lee are certainly making their case to get your vote. Each member of the duo is in the NBA’s top ten in scoring, but they do much more than put up points to help the team win. Curry also ranks second in 3-point field goal percentage and 12th in assists, while Lee has more games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (15) than any other player in the league. #DubTheVote
CONTAINING THE MANIMAL
A defining moment in the Warriors’ season came in their double overtime loss to the Nuggets on November 10. They yielded 23 offensive rebounds in that contest, but since then they have become one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA. The Warriors are especially effective on the defensive glass, ranking second in the NBA in defensive rebounding percentage (.751), and they’ll need to be on their game to prevent the NBA’s best offensive rebounding club from getting easy second-chance points. In order to do that, they’ll need to minimize Kenneth Faried’s effectiveness on the game. He is the third-best offensive rebounder in the league and his energy can be infectious when playing in front of his home crowd.
DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
With this being the fourth matchup between the two teams, the Warriors won’t see anything they haven’t seen before. The Nuggets are perhaps the deepest team in the NBA, as evidenced by the fact that they have six players (almost seven) who average double figures in scoring. Denver ranks fifth in the league in both scoring (102.0) and field goal percentage (.464). By the numbers, Danilo Gallinari is the team’s most dangerous offensive weapon. He leads the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game and has scored 20-plus points in each of his first three games against the Warriors this season. There’s no doubt that the Warriors will have to contain Gallinari, but they’ll also have their hands full with a team that has won four-straight games and is playing the third of four-straight home games.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.Andris Biedrins (strained right groin) is questionable.