The Denver Nuggets produced the most-efficient 3-point shooting performance in NBA history to hammer the Golden State Warriors 132-110 on Monday at the Pepsi Center.
On a night when Stephen Curry went 1-for-11 from beyond the arc, the Nuggets rained down 16 triples in the first half and hit 24 overall — tying the NBA record for the most in a game. After the Houston Rockets needed 61 attempts to get two-dozen 3-pointers earlier this season, the Nuggets hit that mark with 40.
Playing the final leg of their three-city road trip, the Warriors were in trouble from the jump, falling behind by as many as 15 points in the first quarter.
Two nights after Golden State toppled Kevin Durant’s former club the Oklahoma City Thunder in a charged atmosphere at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, head coach Steve Kerr saw the crash coming before his team even stepped on the court.
“We just didn’t look like we had our legs underneath us,” Kerr told reporters. “It was more maybe emotion[al] than physical fatigue.”
“I won’t even watch the tape,” Kerr added.
While Curry struggled all night from the field (4-for-18 for 11 points), his co-superstar Durant went for a team-high 25, connecting on 10-of-16 shots. Patrick McCaw, who drew his third start in the place of Klay Thompson (sore right heel), went for a career best 19.
“He’s just a basketball player to his core,” Curry said of the rookie. “He knows how to play the game. He’s got a really cool demeanor about him. It never seems like he’s rattled at all [and] he has all the skill sets needed to really make a big impact in this league.”
McCaw poured in 12 of his 19 during an unsuccessful fourth-quarter comeback attempt, which saw the young Dubs briefly cut the Nuggets’ 22-point advantage entering the final stanza to as few as nine. With the vets anchored to the bench, McCaw, Ian Clark, Briante Weber, Damian Jones and James Michael McAdoo handled the fourth.
“We kind of laid an egg, obviously,” Curry said. “The young guys, the second unit, did a great job of providing some life and entertainment and got us back in the game. But we didn’t give them anything at the beginning to make it a game.”NBA