January 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson instructs against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 123-116. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Robinson Erupts In 4th Quarter As Denver Nuggets Hold Off Golden State Warriors


January 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson (10) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Robinson scored 14 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Denver Nuggets held off a late charge by the Golden State Warriors for a 123-116 win at Oracle Arena Wednesday night.

The Warriors never could quite get the shooting going, hitting just 43.3 percent for the night, while Denver hit 54.2 percent overall.

David Lee scored 28 points, including a career-high tying 12 free throws, and had 11 rebounds for Golden State.

It was Lee who gave the Warriors their only lead of the fourth quarter when he hit a pair of free throws with 1:13 remaining to make it 116-115. But the Warriors would never score again as Denver closed it out by scoring the final eight points of the night.

J.J. Hickson, who hauled down a career-high 24 rebounds for the Nuggets, saved his biggest board for late, when he grabbed a miss by Ty Lawson with 24.9 seconds left that forced Golden State to foul.

The Nuggets took control by hitting 61.9 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 65-58 lead.

Denver had four players top the 20-point mark in a balanced attack. Besides Robinson, Wilson Chandler and Lawson each scored 22 points and Randy Foye had 21—18 of them in the first half. Lawson added 11 rebounds, while Lawson notched three steals and Chandler blocked three shots. Hickson added 13 points to his board work and Timofey Mozgov gave the Nuggets 10 poiints off the bench before fouling out.

Stephen Curry scored 24 points and had seven assists for Golden State, but was just 7-for-19 from the floor—4-for-13 from long range. Klay Thompson added 21 points, Harrison Barnes had 15 and Draymond Green tossed in 11, while Andrew Bogut finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Warriors were short-handed in the backcourt, with Toney Douglas traded to the Heat earlier in the day and newcomers Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks not yet available after coming from Boston in the three-team deal.

Golden State’s uncharacteristically poor 3-point shooting (9-for-28, 32.1 percent) also helped fuel Denver’s running game; the Nuggets had a dominating 28-9 edge in fast-break points for the night.

The Warriors will hit the road Friday night, visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 6:30 p.m. Pacific tipoff.

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