(16-13)
(14-13)
The Warriors made it two wins in a row after defeating the Nuggets 89-81 in Denver on Monday night. David Lee recorded his ninth-straight double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Stephen Curry added 14 points and seven assists, while Andre Iguodala chipped in 12 points and six boards in his return to Denver. The victory pushes the Warriors record to 16-13. They’ll look to keep it rolling on Wednesday when they play host to the L.A. Clippers on Christmas Day.
Mark Jackson
On Andre Iguodala:
“I thought he had a rhythm. He made a big three with the ballgame close. He took a little bit of life out of the [Nuggets]. I think he is getting back to who he truly is, so it is great to see for us.”
On tonight's win:
“It was a good win, especially because they took the lead and had a rhythm. Our guys battled. That is how you have to win on the road. It was an awfully impressive win for us. We got back to defending at a high level and getting back to our principles.”
On clenching the win despite their low shooting percentage:
“It tells you how good we can be because there is no question about our guys’ ability to score and shoot the basketball. The thing that can remain constant for us is our ability to defend and defend at a high level. That is what is going to win ball games for us. When our guys do establish a rhythm, it is going to be awfully pretty.”
David Lee
On his offensive performance tonight:
“I think the last 10 games or so I’ve tried to be really aggressive, especially to start games, to attack the rim. Tonight was no exception. As you know the last time I played in this building it wasn’t the greatest result, I got injured. So I wanted to come out tonight and put that behind me and attack the basket early and get thoughts of that stuff out of the way. I had some success early and just tried to be consistent throughout the game.”
On getting involved early:
“First of all, when we control the paint that makes the job of [Stephen Curry], Klay [Thompson] and those guys a little easier. We got some open shots tonight and last time I can remember they didn’t fall. We were still able to get a road win and that’s what’s important. I’m just happy that I could provide some offense.”
On playing in Denver:
“A lot of times in a tough environment like this you need every bit of offense you can get because Denver is such a talented scoring team. We got some stops down the stretch and that was the reason why we won the game.”
Andre Iguodala
On getting booed by Denver fans:
“I played in Philly last year on the first game of the year so I’ve kind of been through it. It actually wasn’t that bad … Fans are so in to it now with the media and it’s like they’re so close to the game so you’re going to see a lot of that.”
On three point shooting performance:
“It felt good. I’ve been struggling shooting the ball since I got back, just trying to find a rhythm, trying to find where I’m getting shots at. I felt really good tonight shooting before the game … I feel like I’m starting to find a rhythm. I’m starting the get a rhythm with the guys and we’re just trying to keep getting better and try to build as much chemistry as possible on the court.”
On letting Denver back into the game after the big first quarter:
“It’s a game of runs. Denver is a dangerous team out there, they’re kind of wounded. When you go up like that you kind of think you’re going to just lay down and have an easy night. They showed some toughness and they went up five I think in the third. It was a battle from there. From that standpoint it was a really good win to be down in the third and to come back in the fourth quarter and to get a win.”
MONDAY NIGHT REMATCH
The Warriors and Nuggets go head to head for the first of four times this season on Monday in Denver. This will mark the first game between these two teams since the Warriors won their first round playoff series in the spring, but the circumstances are hardly similar. Former Nuggets star Andre Iguodala is now in the Warriors starting lineup and Denver has a new head coach in Brian Shaw. Mere percentage points separate the teams in the standings, so this game could carry significance down the road in terms of playoff positioning.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors opened the game up with a 21-4 third-quarter run and held on the rest of the way for a 102-83 victory over the Lakers on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. On a night in which neither team was particularly sharp offensively (the Warriors shot just 38.8 percent from the field while holding the Lakers to a season-low 32.5 percent), Andrew Bogut cleaned up the boards and set a season-high with 20 rebounds to accompany his 12 points. David Lee had a double-double of his own with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Stephen Curry added 18 points and nine assists. GAME RECAP
MAN ON A MISSION
When you’re on a team with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee, you’re not going to be asked to score a lot of points, and Andrew Bogut is just fine with that. However, the man in the middle does make the most of his touches, as he has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 16-straight games. That kind of efficiency is a tremendous asset for the Warriors, but not nearly as valuable as his defense and rebounding. Bogut grabbed a Warriors season-high 20 rebounds on Saturday, marking his eighth straight game with at least 10 rebounds. If he can continue to provide that kind of presence in the middle, the Warriors should be just fine with whatever frontcourt matchups they might encounter. DUB THE VOTE
BACK IN DENVER
One player to keep an eye on Monday will be Andre Iguodala. The Warriors’ swingman played in Denver last season, and it couldn’t have been easy for Nuggets fans to see him go to the team that that knocked them out of the playoffs last spring. Iguodala averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists while spearheading one of the top defenses in the league in the Mile High City last year, and the Warriors are certainly making use of his all-around talent this season. He is still playing his way toward 100 percent health after missing 12 games with a strained hamstring, but he is making a positive impact and the Warriors are 10-6 when he’s in the lineup. DUB THE VOTE
DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
The Nuggets head in to Monday’s showdown having lost four out of their last five games. Denver has proved to be a streaky team through the first third of the season, as they are not too far removed from a seven-game winning streak. The Nuggets’ depth might just be their greatest attribute, as they have eight players who average at least eight points a game. In fact, Denver’s bench ranks third in the NBA in scoring (43.6 ppg). Point guard Ty Lawson leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game, and he is just one of four players in the NBA to average at least 17 points and eight assists.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

DEN: Kenneth Faried (left ankle sprain) is day-to-day. Danilo Gallinari (left knee ACL tear) and JaVale McGee (left tibia stress fracture) are out.