The Golden State Warriors got a much needed road win over their rival Denver Nuggets on Monday night, taking the victory 89-81. They seem like a playoff team again, defensively, holding their opponents to a dismal 38 percent from the field. They improve their record to 16-13 and now climb back into the picture again as they return home for a couple of games on Christmas and Dec. 27.
In the first quarter, David Lee and the Warriors connected on everything. In nine minutes of play, Lee scored 12 points and was leading the way. It seems as if he is trying to make up for his poor defensive game with stellar offense. He finished off another great offensive night with 28 points and 10 rebounds. At the end of the quarter, the Dubs led 30-22.
Coming off a hot first, Golden State built on their momentum and seemed to be unstoppable in the second. Unfortunately, however, about mid-quarter, Denver made its attack. Although the Warriors were only outscored 21-17, they had no offensive momentum going forward and they seemed to be mired in a slump.
The standout stat of the game was that the Warriors had fewer turnovers at 15 than their opponents at 17. They hadn’t exactly taken care of the ball in this game, but it’s still saying a lot that they had less than their opponents. The Nuggets played a great game, but they couldn’t pull off the comeback in the end. The Warriors finished with some great play from Stephen Curry, who had foul trouble, and Klay Thompson, who scored most of his points in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors totaled just 18 bench points. This has been a consistent problem thus far and is going to continue to jab at the Warriors. Harrison Barnes didn’t have himself any particularly great night. The defense isn’t always going to come through. You can play perfectly on that end of the floor, but have nothing going offensively.
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