It was Steph Curry night at Chase Center on Monday night as the Golden State superstar scored 53 points en route to becoming the Warriors all-time leading scorer passing Wilt Chamberlain. Curry’s big night carried the Warriors to a 116-107 victory over the Nuggets, who really lost control of the game in the second half.
Denver controlled the game for most of the first half and even took a 61-56 lead into the break, but the Warriors outscored the Nuggets 43-22 in the fourth quarter to put the game completely out of reach. The Nuggets attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but their deficit was just to much to overcome as they dropped their second consecutive game.
With the loss, Denver’s record moves to 34-20 on the season, which is still good for fourth place in the Western Conference. The Nuggets have still won eight of their last 10 games and 17 of their last 22, so there is no need to overreact after these two losses.
The Nuggets were able to welcome Jamal Murray back to the lineup Monday night having missed the last three games due to right knee soreness. Murray didn't have the best game, but it was nice to see him back on the floor as he poured in 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field, 1-of-5 from beyond the three-point line (will have a story up on his injury in a few minutes).
Some other stats of note came from Nikola Jokic, who had another impressive line of 27 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Michael Porter Jr. also had a solid night scoring with 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds.
Denver will be back in action on Wednesday night at Ball Arena when they welcome the Miami Heat to town.