The Golden State Warriors were able to avoid a two-game losing streak as they defeated the Sacramento Kings last night, 119-104. They will hope to capture their second straight win as they battle the Denver Nuggets, who are also looking for their second straight victory. This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season as the Warriors are holding on to a 2-1 regular season record against this team.
The Warriors and the Nuggets have played each other a grand total of 177 times in the past as the Nuggets won 95 games while the Warriors won only 82 games. The last time they faced each other was on January 8 when the Warriors pulled away with a 124 to 114 win. During that game, Stephen Curry scored 32 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, dished off 9 assists, and committed 2 steals while Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals, and one block. Gary Harris also had 22 points, along with 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Golden State Warriors:
Jordan Bell (ankle; 5.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 66.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
David West (personal; 6.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 60.2 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Omri Casspi (coach’s decision; 6.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 58.9 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 2.9 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 44.8 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
Chris Boucher (G-League)
Paul Millsap (wrist; 15.3 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.6 FG%, 34.5 3P%)
Mason Plumlee (calf; 7.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 58.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Kenneth Faried (coach’s decision; 5.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 51.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, 37.3 FG%, 31.4 3P%)
Richard Jefferson (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Monte Morris (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Tyler Lydon (knee; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
The first half of the game would be competitive, despite the fact that the Warriors shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Nuggets shot only thirty-nine percent. Klay Thompson got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter. Kevin Durant poured out 13 points while grabbing four defensive rebounds, dishing off six assists, and blocking one shot. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry contributed with 12 points which included two three-pointers in the beginning period. He also had four rebounds, three assists, and two steals while Zaza Pachulia had eight points, five rebounds, and two assists. Nick Young played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.
As for the Nuggets, Will Barton scored 15 points on sixty percent shooting. Gary Harris helped out with 12 points which included two three-pointers. Harris would also record four rebounds and two assists while Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic both had five points each. Jamal Murray would be limited to just three points in the eleven minutes that he played. The 2015-2016 All-Rookie player Emmanuel Mudiay played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the Warriors went into halftime with a tight 56-55 lead.
The Denver team would make a comeback in the second half of the game as they went on a 60-52 run, shooting forty-eight percent from the field. During that run, Jokic got hot for 14 points while hitting two three-pointers. He also had three rebounds and one assist while Murray made up for his performance in the first half with 12 points. Will Barton continued to add to his scoring total by posting up 10 more points. Trey Lyles played 14 minutes off of the bench as he also had 10 points, along with seven rebounds and two assists.
On the other end of the court, Durant got hot for 18 more points as he shot seventy-eight percent from the field. Curry helped out with 3 three-pointers and three free-throws while Green had only six points. Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench as he earned five points but it wouldn’t matter as the Nuggets defeat the Warriors with a 115-108 win. Will Barton finished the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Kevin Durant had 31 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 blocks.
The Golden State Warriors will host Russell Westbrook (25.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44 FG%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-23) on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. This meeting between these two teams will mark the second of four times that they will clash with each other this season. The Warriors and the Thunder have faced off a total of 261 times as the Warriors 117 games while the Thunder pulled 144 wins. The last time they saw each other was on November 22 as the Thunder handed the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss. Russell Westbrook finished that game with 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals while Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.
The Denver Nuggets will host Kemba Walker (22.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.9 APG, 43 FG%) and the Charlotte Hornets (22-29) on Monday at 9:00 p.m. This game will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will battle each other this season. They have met up a grand total of 55 times as the Nuggets won 27 games while the Hornets won 28 games. October 25 was the last time they played each as Hornets defeated the Nuggets, 110-93. Frank Kaminsky finished that game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one block while Gary Harris had 18 points, 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Nikola Jokic also finished with 18 points, along with 12 rebounds.