Dec 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur (00) during the second half at Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 89-81. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Grind Out Road Win Over Nuggets


The Golden State Warriors started strong, finished strong, and scuffled in between, but scratched and clawed their way to an 89-81 win over the Denver Nuggets on the road Monday night at the Pepsi Center.

David Lee led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors’ defense held the Nuggets to just 38.3 percent shooting.

It was a low scoring affair on both sides, as the Nuggets (14-13) had a 66-64 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. The two teams went back-and-forth for the first half of the quarter, but the Warriors (16-13) turned things on after a Wilson Chandler dunk gave the Nuggets a 77-76 advantage at the 4:54 mark. Golden State finished the game on a 13-4 run from that point. A Klay Thompson turnaround jumper put the Warriors up five with 22 seconds remaining, sealing the deal.

The Warriors were fortunate to have the late burst, as they let a strong first quarter performance slip away. Golden State jumped out to a 15-4 lead with Lee making shots left and right. However, with Stephen Curry on the bench for most of the second quarter with foul trouble, the Nuggets took control and found themselves back in the game at halftime.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Field Goals: 42.9% (36-84)
  • 3-Pointers: 43.8% (7-16)
  • Rebounds: 42
  • Assists: 17
  • Turnovers: 15

Nuggets

  • Field Goals: 38.3% (31-81)
  • 3-Pointers: 23.1% (3-13)
  • Rebounds: 47
  • Assists: 16
  • Turnovers: 17

Lee On Fire

David Lee has really been playing better as of late, averaging 18.6 points in the month of December. He was the only player on either team with more than 20 points tonight, and is starting to play like an All-Star.

Other Notes

- Klay Thompson knocked down several clutch shots in the fourth quarter, which is another good sign for the Warriors. He finished with just 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting, and has been held under 20 points his past seven games, which is the longest streak in his career since his rookie season.

- The return of Andre Iguodala has relegated Harrison Barnes to a bench role, and that seems to be affecting Barnes negatively. Barnes had two points in 22 minutes of action.

- Speaking of Iguodala, he returned to the Pepsi Center for the first time since signing with the Warriors as a free agent this offseason. Iguodala heard boos from the Nugget fans, who were none too happy about his departure from their team.

Good to Know

What’s on Tap 

The Warriors will play on Christmas at home as they take on the Clippers. Should be a fun present for Warriors fans and NBA fans alike.

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