The Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets faced off in Denver today, giving us a prelude to a possible first-round matchup in the Playoffs. The Warriors came away with the win after forcing multiple turnovers in the last two minutes. They were led by Steph Curry and won the game 113-102.
The game also saw Steph cross the 20,000 mark in points scored in a career after he scored 34 points in the game. He also had 2 steals and 9 rebounds to go with the great scoring performance. He had help from Klay Thompson and Jonathan Kuminga (18 points), Jordan Poole (21 points), and Kevon Looney (10 points).
The Nuggets had a pretty good game with 5 players scoring in double digits. Ultimately they did not have their legs beneath them towards the end of the game after playing a game the previous night. They were also careless with the ball and had 11 turnovers. While it was not a whole lot, the turnovers came in crucial moments in the game. Nikola Jokic had a great game and was just one assist shy of a triple-double ( 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 9 assists).
The Warriors are currently the 3 seed in the Western Conference. While they lost the 2 seed to the Memphis Grizzlies, they are still just half a game behind them with the win. The Warriors are also missing a key piece in Draymond Green who is set to make a return against the Washington Wizards on March 15. Once he gets back the Warriors will have their anchor on defence and also a playmaker offensively that will reduce the load on Steph and Klay drastically.
The Nuggets are currently in the 6 seed and if the standings remain the same they would face the Warriors in the first round of the Playoffs. The Nuggets are also missing out on 2 of their top players in Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Once their 2 pieces return to the court it is going to take a lot of pressure off of Jokic and will make the Nuggets a dangerous team to go against.