Oakland, CA – George Karl need not worry about his team while undergoing treatment to combat neck and throat cancer. Top assistant coach Adrian Dantley and the Denver Nuggets were successful in getting a win over the Golden State Warriors 127-112. The Nuggets kept pace and controlled the game entirely. They currently maintain the second seed in the west standings and not concerned with Dallas and Utah closing in on them.
“It’s big for us to finish strong during the second half of the season,” said Carmelo Anthony. “We control our own destiny and we’ll do just fine in maintaining our position.” “We have the team to go all the way this year, last year we were just one step away.”
Denver dominated in the paint and took advantage of the Warriors eight available players. Or rather it was Chauncey Billups dropping 3′s that made it impossible for Golden State to stop! The “big” shot was in a zone and finished with 37 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.
The Warriors never had an opportunity to regain their lead but got close a few times. They were able to cut the lead from as much as 19 points a few times but Denver kept pulling away. Stephen Curry may have played his best game as he led the Warriors with 30 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds.
“I luv Steph’s game,” said Billups. “He is so poised on reading plays for such a young guy.” “He knows how to spread the floor and is definitely one of my favorite rookies to watch!”
Curry was 11-19 form the floor while Ellis was 6-22 finishing with 22 points and five rebounds. Ellis who is usually 100% missed shoot around earlier with a bad back. C.J. Watson, who has been great coming off the bench missed the game with flu like symptoms.
Notes- Warriors rookie Stephen Curry is averaging 22.6 points in his past eight games. He is also averaging 8.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.88 steals during his stretch while scoring 20-plus five times and 30-plus twice. Curry recored his first career triple double (36 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds on 2/10 vs the Los Angeles Clippers) joining Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Oscar Robinson, Elgin Baylor and Jason Kidd as the only rookies to ever post a 35-point, 10 rebound, 10 assist performance.
Written by: Malaika Bobino