The Golden State Warriors had to rest in-form forward Draymond Green on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets made the most of the opportunity by handing Golden State a rare defeat despite MVP Stephen Curry’s heroics.
The MVP posted 38 points to lift the Warriors. Italian forward Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points, and his key steal with 10 seconds remaining led the Nuggets to drown Golden State to a 112-110 defeat. The third for Stephen Curry and company in the season.
Nuggets guard Will Burton also posted 21 points. The Nuggets lost four in a row to the Warriors heading into this game, sitting on 36-3. The Nuggets escaped with a win as guard Klay Thompson missed a jumper at the buzzer in a close contest.
The Nuggets also hold the record for ending Chicago Bulls’ 18-game-winning streak in 1996. The Bills finished 72-10 that season, a record Warriors are in pursuit of.
“I don’t think we played hard enough for the majority of the game,” Luke Walton said after his side succumbed to their third loss this season.
“I thought we gave a tremendous effort in the fourth quarter — well, in the last half of the fourth quarter.
“But for a championship team and what we’re trying to accomplish, in my opinion we didn’t play hard enough and we didn’t play smart enough for a majority of that game.”