NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Denver
(Sunday, December 30th)
Final Score: Golden State 105, Denver 95
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Baron Davis scored 28 points and handed out eight assists and the Golden State Warriors held off the Denver Nuggets, 105-95, in the back end of a home-and-home at the Pepsi Center.
Stephen Jackson added 23 points and Al Harrington had 18 for the Warriors, winners of three of their last four.
Carmelo Anthony led Denver with 26 points and 10 rebounds, but the Nuggets shot just 34.5 percent from the floor and saw their three-game win streak snapped.
Denver outlasted the Warriors, 124-120, Friday night in Oakland.
The Nuggets were within four, at 87-83, with six minutes to go before Matt Barnes canned a three and Davis scored on a double-clutch lay-in to sandwich a Marcus Camby bucket and push the lead back to seven.
Barnes then hit a leaking Monta Ellis for a breakaway dunk, and one possession later Jackson drained a corner three to make it 97-87. The two squads traded baskets from there, but Denver never pulled closer than within seven.
Ellis finished with 13 points and five assists, while Barnes had eight points, seven boards and five assists. Andris Biedrins added eight points and a team- high 14 rebounds.
"We hung in there," said Warriors head coach Don Nelson. "When you play teams back-to-back, it's hard to win them both."
Linas Kleiza and J.R. Smith contributed 15 apiece for the Nuggets, who saw Allen Iverson held to 13 points on 2-of-12 shooting from the floor.
"It was frustrating," said Denver head coach George Karl. "We didn't come ready to play. It might have been as bad a basketball game as we have played all year. With 24 turnovers and (when) we shoot 32 percent, you can't expect to win against anybody in this league."
Denver made just six first-quarter field goals and trailed 26-21 on the way to the second. But the Nuggets used a 13-5 run midway through the second to take a 38-35 edge, before the Warriors mounted a 13-5 spurt of their own to go up 55-51 at the half.
Denver led 67-66 late in the third before the Warriors ran off seven unanswered to take a six-point lead, and led 75-72 going to the fourth.
Golden State then scored eight of the first nine to start the fourth and took an 83-73 lead with under nine minutes to go, but the Nuggets were back within four by the 6 1/2-minute mark.
Golden State hit 10-of-30 three-pointers (33.3 percent), compared with the Nuggets' 4-for-18 performance from beyond the arc...Camby finished with eight points and a game-high 15 boards for Denver, while Eduardo Najera added 11 and four...The Warriors snapped a seven-game losing streak in Denver.
12/30 23:44:26 ET