Anyone who had any dreams Tuesday night’s Warriors vs. Nuggets game would be a proper benediction of Denver’s excellence got a rude awakening from the tip to the buzzer. The Warriors dropped 51 points in the first quarter, led by 19 at the half and won by 31 on the road. Only Draymond Green played more than 30 minutes; in a direct middle finger to rising star Nikola Jokic, Green racked up 13 assists. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson combined for 89 points on 53 shooting possessions, or 1.7 points per shot.
This was a beatdown. It’s almost like the Warriors took any hint of hope in Denver that the Nuggets could hang with Golden State personally, and sought to extinguish that hope and destroy the foundation upon which it grew.
The Warriors’ win moved them into first place in the West over the Nuggets by a half game. The Nuggets can’t dwell on what happened here, or their struggles against the Rockets. This is shaping up to be a great season, and Denver can still find success without reaching the improbable, maybe impossible goal of being as good as the Warriors. It’s fine. Next game.
Suns 97, Pacers 131
Timberwolves 107, Sixers 149
Thunder 126, Hawks 142
Heat 86, Bucks 124
Warriors 142, Nuggets 111
Bulls 100, Lakers 107
All times Eastern. Games on League Pass unless otherwise indicated.
Magic at Pistons, 7
Raptors at Celtics, 8, ESPN
Nets at Rockets, 8
Bucks at Grizzlies, 8
Spurs at Mavericks, 8:30
Cavaliers at Blazers, 10
Pelicans at Warriors, 10:30, ESPN
Jazz at Clippers, 10:30
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John Gonzalez on the blessing and curse of winning Rookie of the Year.
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What to make of the good but explosive Philadelphia 76ers. In related news, after destroying the Wolves on Tuesday, Joel Embiid had maybe his best troll ever.
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Be excellent to each other.