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Warriors Drop Battle Against Defending Champs on Nikola Jokic Game-Winner

Warriors Score Season-High 44 Points in 3rd Quarter

The Warriors were outscored 25-4 down the stretch, capped by Nikola Jokic's game-winning 3-pointer, losing 130-127 at Chase Center on Thursday.

The Dubs led by as many as 18 points, losing a lead of at least 18 points for the fourth time this season.

Golden State Warriors Highlights vs. Denver Nuggets

Team Leaders
GSW
PointsReboundsAssists
Curry - 30Šarić - 7Curry - 6
Thompson - 24Curry/Kuminga - 4Paul - 6
Kuminga - 16Looney/Paul - 4Šarić - 6
DEN
PointsReboundsAssists
Jokic - 34Gordon - 9Jokic - 10
Gordon - 30Jokic - 9Murray - 6
Murray - 25Watson - 5Caldwell-Pope - 4

WARRIORS START STRONG, BUT JOKIC RESPONDS
Sparked by a 14-6 run, the Warriors led by as many as 10 points in the opening quarter. However, Nikola Jokic wouldn't be denied, scoring 15 points in the frame on 7-for-8 shooting, helping Denver take a 34-33 lead. Jokic converted all seven field goals from the paint, often sealing his defender in the restricted area and finishing at the rim.

Andrew Wiggins with one of the day's best blocks

THOMPSON’S SHOOTING TOUCH
Klay Thompson hit three consecutive 3-pointers over an 84-second span in the second quarter. Thompson finished the half with a team-high 15 points and four splashes. All of his second-half field goals came from inside the arc, as the Splash Brother finished with 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting.

CURRY THIRD QUARTER TAKEOVER
The Warriors trailed by seven at halftime but outscored the Nuggets 31-18 over a nearly eight-minute stretch in the third quarter to take a six-point lead. Stephen Curry scored 10 of those 31 points, including a size-up splash over Reggie Jackson that forced a Denver timeout.

Curry led the Dubs with 30 points and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Stephen Curry nails it from behind the arc

DUBS SET SEASON-HIGH WITH 44 POINTS IN THIRD QUARTER
The Warriors scored a season-high 44 points in the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets by 20 points in the frame. The Dubs shot 75 percent from the field in the quarter, going 12-for-14 inside the arc and 6-for-10 from three. In addition to Stephen Curry's 10 points, rookie Brandin Podziemski hit three 3-pointers, scoring nine points. 

A highlight-reel play by Brandin Podziemski!

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The Warriors will host the Detroit Pistons for the second night of a back-to-back on Friday.

MORE NOTABLES:

  • The Warriors fell to 10-9 at home and 16-18 overall on the season. 
  • Golden State trails Denver 0-3 in the season series… The Warriors and Nuggets play for the fourth and final time on 2/25 at Chase Center.
    • Tonight marked the Warriors’ fourth-straight home loss to the Nuggets and sixth consecutive loss to Denver overall. 
  • Golden State scored a season-high 44 third-quarter points, also the most points scored in any quarter this season… It was the team’s third 40-point quarter on the season. 
  • The Warriors led by 18 and went on to lose, marking their seventh loss this season after leading by double-figures and the fourth time this season they’ve led by 18-or-more and went on to lose. 
  • The Warriors allowed a season-high 70 first half points (prev. 69, 12/14 at LAC).
  • This marked the Warriors’ league-leading 27th Clutch Game of the season (score within five points in the last five minutes of the game).
  • Golden State shot 54.4 percent from the field, suffering its first loss this season when making at least 50 percent of the team’s shot attempts (now 7-1 in those games).
    • Denver shot 56.5 percent from the field and the Warriors fell to 1-7 in games their opponent shoots at least 50.0 percent from the field.
  • Tonight marked the first Warriors loss in which they shot at least 50 percent from the field and dished out 30-or-more assists, falling to 6-1. 
  • Tonight marked the fifth time this season the Warriors have allowed 130-plus points (1-4 in those games). 
  • Golden State recorded a season-low 33 rebounds (prev. 36, two times). 
  • Golden State deployed its 12th unique starting lineup of the season. 
  • Tonight marked the Warriors 496th consecutive sellout, the longest streak in franchise history. 
  • Stephen Curry recorded his 15th game of 30-or-more points on the season, including the second consecutively.
    • He made five threes, marking his 18th game with five-plus threes this season, a league-leading mark. 
  • Klay Thompson posted his 12th game of 20-or-more points this season. 
  • Brandin Podziemski has now scored in double-figures in nine of his last 10 games (14-such games total).
    • His three made 3-point baskets were one shy of his career-high mark (four, 12/16 vs. BKN). 
    • Podziemski drew two charges, giving him 15 for the season, tied for the fourth-most among all players this season (19 - Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson; 15 – Moritz Wagner).
  • Jonathan Kuminga scored in double-figures for the 14th consecutive game, extending a career-best streak… He’s averaging 15.3 points per game over that span. 
  • Andrew Wiggins passed Baron Davis (434) for sole possession of ninth on the Warriors’ all-time threes list. 
  • Dario Saric recorded a season-high six assists (prev. five, two times).
  • Kevon Looney extended his combined games-played streak to 262 (regular season and playoffs), the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Mikal Bridges) and the seventh longest such-streak in franchise history… He extended his regular season games-played streak to 227, the ninth-longest streak in franchise history and the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Mikal Bridges).



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