Golden State is the team everybody else is chasing right now and it cruises into Denver after winning its last three games by an average of 20.7 points, including an emotional 130-114 triumph over the Thunder on Saturday in Kevin Durant's return to Oklahoma City.
"He was out there playing like he was a seasoned vet", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of the Spaniard.
You know he's off when he's air balling 3s from the corner. F Darrell Arthur (L knee soreness), F Kenneth Faried (R ankle sprain) and F Danilo Gallinari (L groin strain) were listed as out. Denver got its 11th win in its last 18 games and climbed to 25-30 to hang on to its narrow lead for the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
The Warriors played well offensively, but the Nuggets put on one of the best shooting performances in the history of the National Basketball Association.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Nuggets are now 11.5-point home underdogs versus the Warriors after opening as a 10.5-point dog.
Forward Juancho Hernangomez scored a game-high 27 points to lead Denver, which shot 54.5 percent from the field - and 60 percent (24-of-40) beyond the arc. In fact, in 2017 alone the Nuggets have scored more than 100 points in 19 of their 22 games, including outbursts of 140, 127, 123, 125, 127, 123, 121, 131 and 132. The absence of Thompson in particular on Monday night, due to what was deemed to be a sore right heel, points to a February 13 regular season game in Denver not being a similarly high priority. I'll probably watch the game a dozen times. But that didn't matter thanks to outstanding performances up and down the lineup, led by Nikola Jokic and rookie Juancho Hernangomez. Sprinkle in Emmanuel Mudiay, Mason Plumlee and whichever of the three veterans from the current team are the best locker room guys, and you've got a helluva eight-man rotation.
"It's fantastic to me that it is considered a hot take or a controversial opinion to say that 'The team which was was 73-9 is better than the team that's now 46-9, '" Wright said during his show, as reported by FoxSports. "Our fans should be excited about where this is going to go".
CLIPPERS 88, JAZZ 72- Blake Griffin had 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Los Angeles rolled over Utah.