NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Denver
(Monday, April 9th)
Final Score: Denver 123, Golden State 84
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Kenneth Faired scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets pulverized the Golden State Warriors, 123-84, on Monday.
Arron Afflalo and Danilo Gallinari scored 15 points apiece, JaVale McGee and Corey Brewer both netted 13 and Al Harrington and Ty Lawson each finished with 10 for the Nuggets, who avenged a 112-97 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Denver retained its one-game lead on Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with the victory.
"We defended from the first quarter to the fourth quarter," Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried said. "That's what we must do and that's what we have to do every night.
Klay Thompson supplied 17 points and Nate Robinson donated 16 for Golden State, which has lost two of three.
The Nuggets scored the game's first 10 points, part of a 37-point first quarter -- 11 by Faired -- en route to a wire-to-wire win.
After shooting under 29 percent from the floor in the first quarter, Golden State managed a 47.8 percent clip in the second, but still trailed by at least 18 throughout the frame. The Nuggets possessed a 65-38 advantage at halftime.
Denver's reserves recorded significant minutes in the second half but the hosts' defense remained solid. The Warriors were held to under 36 percent from the floor as the Nuggets pushed their lead to as many as 41 points.
"We weren't ready. They came out aggressive, they came out pushing the basketball, they came out physical, and by the time we realized what hit us, the game was out of reach," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said.
Andre Miller had 12 assists for the Nuggets...Denver held a 60-27 rebounding advantage, a 70-18 lead in the paint, and a 32-9 edge on fastbreaks.
04/10 01:03:44 ET