January 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (3) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Self-Destruct in Fourth Quarter of Loss to Nuggets


Well, I can’t say that I’m surprised.

The Nuggets move to 23-16. That’s awfully close to the Warriors, who are 23-13. This is why the next game for the Warriors becomes implicit to win. Who are they playing? Oh yeah, the Miami Heat.

On Sunday night, the Warriors lost their momentum in the fourth quarter, and completely fell apart, losing to the Nuggets, 116-105.

In the first quarter, the Nuggets started hot, made more shots and of course, got more offensive rebounds, beating the Warriors 6-2 in that category. Curry, like the other game in Denver, didn’t take too many shots in the first. Denver jumped to a slim lead of 27-25 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, however, the Warriors took Denver by surprised and outscored them while playing excellent defense. It was a high-scoring quarter for both teams, but the Warriors were just unable to shake Denver. Stephen Curry quickly led the Warriors with 16 points. Lee had eight, and Thompson had nine. They were still, however, out rebounded: this stretch they need Bogut back. With 5:40 left in the quarter, the Warriors were up 45-52, and were shooting 57 percent from the field. At the end of the half, they led, 54-52.

In the third quarter, it went back and forth. Then, Curry and Thompson heated up to push the Warriors out to a 10-point lead -Golden State’s largest lead of the night. After that, Andre Miller stole the ball from Jarrett Jack, forcing one of many turnovers, and made it an eight-point game.

From that moment, the Nuggets never looked back. They scored 18 points in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, extending their lead to eight. The Nuggets were on a 18-2 run in the beginning of the quarter. When Curry finally got some shots to fall, he was too late. The Nuggets had an 11-point lead with four minutes left. Jackson put in the third stringers, and the Nuggets won the game, 115-106.

The Warriors’ next game is against the Heat on Wednesday, January 16.

Despite the loss, they’re in good shape. They need to go 2-1 in the next couple of games to stay around five or six in the West. That’s possible.

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