NBA Game Summary - Denver at Golden State
(Thursday, April 10th)
Final Score: Denver 114, Golden State 105
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson poured in 33 points and shared the wealth with nine assists, as Denver moved one game ahead of Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 114-105 victory over the Warriors at ORACLE Arena.
Denver's other main scorer, Carmelo Anthony, had 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. J.R. Smith provided instant offense off the bench with 24 points on an efficient 7-of-12 shooting.
The Nuggets made 50.6 percent of their shots, including nine threes to go along with 21 made free throws. Denver took the season series, 3-1, to lock up an important tie-breaker scenario in the playoff race.
A visit to Utah and home games against Houston and Memphis remain on Denver's schedule. The Warriors still have home games against the Clippers and SuperSonics sandwiched around a game at Phoenix.
Monta Ellis filled the stat sheet with 29 points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists, while Al Harrington scored 20 points for Golden State. Baron Davis did his best to pull the Warriors over the top with a triple- double, piling up 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in defeat.
"Just a half a step off, playing the way we really needed to win this big game. This was a huge game," Golden State head coach Don Nelson said. "I loved the game, I loved every part of it. I just wish we would have played a little bit better."
The second half was anti-climatic compared to the first 24 minutes, which was broken up into a tale of two quarters.
Golden State dominated the first period, scoring eight straight capped by Harrington's trey for an 18-10 lead. Eight more points in succession boosted the edge to 26-15, and Harrington's driving layup near the end of the quarter pushed the advantage to 37-21. The Warriors held a 37-22 lead after the first stanza.
The Nuggets scored 13 straight points in the second quarter to take a 41-38 lead. Iverson's turnaround, Smith's layup and Eduardo Najera's two free throws capped the stretch.
The two clubs traded blows for the rest of the quarter, and Iverson's jumper gave Denver a slim 61-60 lead at the half.
Kenyon Martin's jump hook increased the lead to 83-74 with 3:36 left in the third, but six straight points from Golden State cut its deficit to 83-80.
Iverson's step-back jumper capped the third-quarter scoring for an 89-82 advantage.
After four free throws -- three off a long-distance shooting foul and one of a Smith technical -- cut Denver's lead to 92-86, the Nuggets ran off seven consecutive points capped by Smith's two free throws for an 99-86 game.
Anthony's trey with 7:52 on the clock increased the lead to 104-90, and Denver held on for the victory from there.
Golden State shot 42 percent from the floor and made only 6-of-27 from beyond the arc...The Warriors outrebounded the Nuggets, 52-44, but committed 18 turnovers...The game featured 36 lead changes -- many of them early -- and six ties...Stephen Jackson scored 18 points with seven rebounds for Golden State...Andris Biedrins added 11 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in defeat...Najera added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Nuggets...Attendance 20,737.
04/11 00:29:04 ET