Both players notched career-highs as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets 116-112 at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday night in the season finale. Crawford went off for 41 points, while Barnes recorded 30 points for the first time in his career.
The Warriors played with just eight available players, sitting all their starters except Klay Thompson, who played just 18 minutes. Benchwarmers Hilton Armstrong and Ognjen Kuzmic saw a lot of action, and both were somewhat productive albeit got into foul trouble.
It was rather surprising that the Warriors’ bench unit would outplay the Nuggets, but Golden State came out strong and never looked back. They led 66-52 at halftime, although Denver would make things interesting in the fourth quarter. But Crawford was clutch down the stretch, going on one of his “hot streaks.” The Warriors held a 115-112 lead with eight seconds left when Randy Foye missed a three. The referees originally called a goaltend on Draymond Green, who clearly did not commit an infraction, but rescinded the call after looking at the replay.
The bottom line: a meaningless game, but the bench played well and the starters are well-rested for the playoffs — the best of every world.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 50.6% (44-87)
- Three-point percentage: 34.8% (8-23)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 17
- Turnovers: 12
- Bench points: 49
- Field-goal percentage: 46.3% (37-80)
- Three-point percentage: 26.5% (9-34)
- Rebounds: 37
- Assists: 16
- Turnovers: 16
- Bench points: 43
Good to Know
Jordan Crawford, with 41 points, recorded the first 40-point game off the bench by a Warrior since Cazzie Russell had 46 on March 24, 1974
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 17, 2014
What’s on Tap
The playoffs. Saturday. 12:30 PM. Warriors vs. Clippers. Game 1.