Poor execution down the stretch cost the Warriors in Wednesday’s 123-116 home loss to the Nuggets. The Warriors battled back from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit but were out-scored 8-0 over after a pair of David Lee free throws gave the Dubs a one-point lead with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter. Lee led the Warriors with 28 points and 11 rebounds for his 13th 20-and-10 game of the season, and Stephen Curry (24 points) and Klay Thompson (21) each overcame rough shooting nights from the perimeter to finish with 20-plus points. The loss spoiled an otherwise solid bench performance from Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green, who combined for 27 points, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. On the other side of the ball, Denver had it going offensively all night, shooting 54.2 percent from the floor and 50 percent (12-for-24) on 3-pointers. Four Nuggets players scored at least 20 points, led by Nate Robinson, who scored 14 of his 24 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors will now head back on the road for a two-day, two-game trip that tips off on Friday in Oklahoma City.
Mark Jackson
On if the team was rusty after four days off:
“That’s an easy excuse. We were bad. Defensively that’s as bad as it gets. Four guys score 20 and one guy gets 24 rebounds. They scored in transition, they scored in the paint and we couldn’t control or contain the pick-and-roll. It was a bad display by us.”
On the usage of Andrew Bogut tonight:
“They spread the floor with the high pick-and-roll and their one big set the screen so that eliminated (Andrew) Bogut out of the picture and took him out of the paint. Our best option was to go small and try to contain them. We did not do that. It’s been successful at times and tonight we did not have the multiple effort plays. Just a disappointing loss.”
On Nate Robinson:
“He’s a spectacular player that once he gets it going he can score as well as anybody. He got it going tonight. If you don’t allow (Evan) Fournier to hit that shot by worrying about a foul and not getting back, we don’t need a stop at the end of the ball game. It’s the little things. As bad as we played tonight if we take care of business on one possession, we are in position to win the game. Those guys hurt us.”
On Stephen Curry's Late Turnover:
“We’ve seen him dance and make plays out of it. Give them credit because I believe it was Wilson (Chandler) and JJ Hickson the other time – Steph (Curry) turned it over, but I’ll live with JJ Hickson defending him on the perimeter. He didn’t make the play. That pretty much summed up our night. You can’t disrespect the game and think it won’t bite you.”
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
“Defensively we didn’t show up. We let them get hot at the wrong times. Every time we made a run they made a run of their own and we couldn’t find a way to get stops. Then obviously just a bad possession at the end, trying to do too much; at the top of the key to lose the ball and get that and-one on the other end and we can’t get a rebound. Just a bad game all around and a tough feeling coming off this break but we’ll be fine. It hurts right now because it was a big game at home with a chance to keep the momentum, but we didn’t get it done so we’ll try to regroup and get ready for this two-game road trip.”
On his shot selection:
“I’ve got to adjust to whatever situation I’m in. Shooting-wise I’ve been a little down but you’re trying to do other things on the floor. Some of them I’ve just got to be able to take the right shots in certain situations. When you try to hit those dagger threes and that kind of deal, some of them are good shots and some of them I probably should try to get a better one. I’ve got to continue to get better as to when to attack and when to be patient, and hopefully those numbers will come up.”
David Lee
On the team's defense:
“It is more of a shock. Every team goes through it, even the best defensive teams in the league. You think of a team like Miami that’s a championship caliber team. They gave up 40-whatever points to Washington in the first quarter tonight. It happens and teams play well against you. The things we can’t do, though, are give up the fast break points and give up the easy buckets. They scored a lot in the paint which is not something they normally do. Their guards were able to get to the paint and finish a lot.”
On playing on four days of rest:
“That could be an excuse but I don’t want to use it as an excuse. You can’t use being tired in the Brooklyn game as a reason for the loss and then turn around and use too much rest as an excuse, so I’ll avoid doing that. I think we need to play better.”
On consistency and making corrections:
“Like I said, our team has been playing with consistency so it’s kind of easy to see where we’ve gone wrong, because we can see versus the other games we’ve played where we fell short tonight, so it’ll be easier for us to make the proper corrections. We have no problem accepting when each and every one of us didn’t do something right, make the corrections, and we’ll be better next game.”
After four well-deserved days off of games, the Warriors will be back in action when they take on the visiting Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. This will be the second of four matchups between the two teams this season. Golden State proved victorious in their first encounter, winning 89-81 in Denver on December 23. Wednesday is also Harrison Barnes Bobblehead Night, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Harrison Barnes Bobblehead. GET TICKETS
The Warriors got back on the winning track in their first game back on #WarriorsGround, defeating the Boston Celtics 99-97 behind yet another Stephen Curry game-winning jumper. Curry totaled 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the clutch performance, while Andre Iguodala scored a team-high 22 points to go with seven assists. The win pushes the Dubs’ record to 25-14. GAME RECAP
Believe it or not, this is just the fourth time all season the Warriors have had consecutive days off before a game, and only the first time since December 4-5. Golden State has gone 2-1 in games immediately following consecutive days off this season, although each of those occurrences followed only two days between games. When the Dubs tip off against the Nuggets on Wednesday, they will be coming off a much-needed and well-deserved four days between games, which should serve them well as the season heads toward the All-Star break. The Warriors have played the most road games (23) in the NBA and are tied for the most games played overall (39). The extended rest should do wonders for the Dubs’ key players, particularly Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who both rank in the top-six in the league in minutes per game.
It’s always important to consider the sample size prior to jumping to conclusions, but when you consider the possibility that the current Warriors’ starting five could be the best starting lineup in Golden State history, there may be some evidence to back it up. In games that Curry, Thompson, Andre Iguoadala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut have all played, the Warriors have gone 20-4. Since the NBA began tracking starters in 1970-71, the Warriors have never had a starting unit (minimum 20 games played) win more than 80 percent of its games. In fact the #FullSquad’s winning percentage through 24 games (83.3 percent) is nearly 10 percent better than the lineup of Rick Barry, Charles Johnson, Clifford Ray, Phil Smith and Jamal Wilkes of the defending champion Warriors in 1975-76. Now, whether or not that success can be sustained throughout the course of the season remains to be seen, but at the very least, it’s clear that the Dubs possess one of the most potent starting lineups in the league, and perhaps, their own franchise history.
Sometimes there just is no rhyme or reason to the NBA season, a statement typified by the Denver Nuggets. Sitting at 19-18 and currently in ninth place in the tough Western Conference, the Nuggets record is very respectable, particularly from a team many expected to suffer a setback after losing multiple key contributors from a season ago. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find a streakier team in the league. Already in this early season, the Nuggets have compiled a winning streak of seven games, a losing streak of eight games, and just suffered a loss in their last game to bring an end to another five-game winning streak. Denver has only twice followed a single loss with a win this season, a number the Warriors will attempt to keep at two come Wednesday night. These teams are more than familiar with each other after last season’s playoff matchup, and there is no love lost on either side. If the Warriors can at the very least keep things close in the early part of the contest, their recent extended rest should give them an advantage as the game winds down.
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Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.

DEN: Wilson Chandler (left hip strain) and Anthony Randolph (left ankle sprain) are game-time decisions. Danilo Gallinari (left knee ACL tear) and Javale McGee (left tibia stress fracture) are out.