January 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Wilson Chandler (21) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors power forward Marreese Speights (5) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets Pull Away From Warriors in Shootout


January 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) shoots the ball against Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried (35) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 123-116. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors had no match defensively for the Denver Nuggets, falling 123-116 at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

When the Warriors shook up their roster today, dealing Toney Douglas for Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks today, Nate Robinson gave them a glimpse of what they may be getting in the near future.

Robinson, an ex-Warrior, absolutely torched the Warriors in the 4th quarter, leading the Denver Nuggets to victory, 123-116.  Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and JJ Hickson added 13 points and 24 rebounds, and seemed to grab every rebound in the 4th quarter.

The Nuggets ended the game on a 8-0 run after David Lee gave the Warriors the lead, 116-115 with 1:13 left in regulation.  The Warriors struggled throughout the game, shooting just 43 percent from the field while the Nuggets shot the lights out against the one of best defensive teams in the NBA.

Lee led the Warriors with 28 points and 11 rebounds, completely dominating his counterpart, Kenneth Faried, who only had four points and one rebound.  Stephen Curry continued to struggle from the field, shooting just 7-19, finishing with 24 points, seven assists and two turnovers

His second turnover may have been the biggest of the game, where he lost the ball, which led to a Hickson dunk and foul, giving the Nuggets a four point lead with 48 seconds left in regulation, 120-116.  The Nuggets simply shot the ball too well for the Warriors to get back in the game.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors:

  • Field Goals: 43.3% (39-90)

  • 3-Pointers: 32.1% (9-28)

  • Rebounds: 41

  • Assists: 24

  • Turnovers: 12

Nuggets:

  • Field Goals: 54.2% (45-83)

  • 3-Pointers: 50% (12-24)

  • Rebounds: 46

  • Assists: 22

  • Turnovers: 16

The Bench Finally Shows Up

The one bright spot from the matchup with Denver was the play of Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. Barnes ended up with 15 points and six rebounds, finally shooting the ball with confidence, something he has been lacking lately.  Green added 11 points and four rebounds, including 2-of-2 from three-point range and a key three-point point early in the fourth quarter.

Good To Know

After their brief road trip this weekend, the Warriors will play nine of their next 11 at home leading up to the All-Star break.

What’s on Tap

The Warriors go back on the road for a back-to-back in Oklahoma City and New Orleans, starting on Friday.

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