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nuggets catch fire from the 3-point line, beat warriors


prior to the game, nuggets coach michael malone shrugged his shoulders and dismissed the notion that his short-handed team against the defending western conference champion was anything other than an opportunity to shock the nba world.“whoever’s available, let’s go out there and play, man,” he said. “don’t go out there defeated. go out there and accept the challenge. let’s go out there and play with the belief that we can win this game.”well.they did.and then some.playing the most inspired basketball of the season, the nuggets minus danilo gallinari, kenneth faried, wilson chandler, darrell arthur, emmanuel mudiay and new acquisition mason plumlee pulled off what most thought would be impossible: beating the warriors.not only beating the warriors, but thoroughly whipping the warriors, 132-






nuggets catch fire from the 3-point line, beat warriors


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bledsoe scores 41 but nuggets beat suns again, 123-112


phoenix — danilo gallinari scored 32 points and denver took a ntage of a third-quarter parade to the free throw line to beat the phoenix suns for the second time in three nights, 123-112 on urday.eric bledsoe scored a career-high 41 for the suns. devin booker added 23.kenneth faried had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the nuggets, winners of three straight and seven of their last nine.denver won despite the absence of center nikola jokic, who left with a left hip flexor strain late in thursday night's 127-120 victory.the nuggets were 18 of 19 at the foul line in the third quarter, when phoenix starting forwards t.j. warren and marquese chriss had five fouls and booker four. denver finished 37 of 42 at the line.






klay thompson (heel), shaun livingston (personal) out against the nuggets


denver — the warriors will not have a pair of key backcourt pieces in their monday night game against the nuggets in denver.klay thompson woke up with a sore right heel after the spirited warriors win in oklahoma city on saturday night. he will sit in denver. so will backup point guard shaun livingston, who is flying back to the bay area on monday afternoon because his fiancé has a baby on the way.without thompson and livingston, ian clark, patrick mccaw and recent roster addition brianté weber are expected to get a bump in playing time. weber’s inclusion in the rotation is particularly appealing. he is on the final day of his first 10-day contract. he will sign a second one on tuesday.there’s a liklihood that the lightning-quick, defense-first point guard will sign with the warriors for t






twitter reacts to warriors announcers' awesome blazers


even zaza pachulia had a reaction to the warriors-logo-laden sports coats worn by csn bay area’s bob fitzgerald and jim barnett at monday’s game against the nuggets.the warriors big man, out with a shoulder injury, took to twitter to jokingly shake his head at fitzgerald and barnett.warriors fans aplenty shared their thoughts on the blazers.






five takeaways from the clippers' latest lopsided defeat to golden state


the lens through which austin rivers viewed yet another lopsided clippers defeat to the golden state warriors was perplexing.“the other games they just beat us. i thought tonight we beat ourselves,” rivers said late thursday night after the clippers were soundly beaten by the warriors, 123-113.“i haven’t been able to say that in a long time versus steph [curry]. they’ve beaten us the last 10 games. i think tonight was the first time in a while we beat ourselves. i think we can beat them. they have a lot more discipline than us right now for the full 48 minutes. so we’ve got to learn from that.”1. the clippers indeed have lost 10 straight games to the warriors, and all four losses this season have been by double digits, the average margin being 21.5 points.the clippers caved when the warrio






nuggets tie nba mark with 24 3s in 132-110 win over warriors


denver — the sellout crowd at the pepsi center came to see the sharpshooters, and they did. only, it wasn't the golden state warriors hitting from long range, but the short-handed denver nuggets."once we saw a few go in, we just wanted to keep going, see how many we could hit," will barton said after the nuggets tied an nba record with 24 3-pointers while shocking the warriors 132-110 on monday night.the nuggets beat the warriors at their own game, but it wasn't by design."we just wanted to get after them, challenge them on offense and defense. it just so happened that we hit a lot of 3s. so, we just kept rolling with it," barton said. "but we never come into a game, especially with a team like that and just want to outshoot them from beyond the arc because that's what they do."the warrior






nuggets tie nba mark with 24 3s in 132-110 win over warriors


denver — nikola jokic got his second career triple-double and the denver nuggets tied an nba record with 24 3-pointers while shocking the golden state warriors 132-110 on monday night.the nuggets tied the 3-point mark set by the rockets in december against new orleans. they missed two 3-pointers in the final minute, and jamal murray passed up an uncontested 3 to dribble out the clock. they finished 24 of 40 from beyond the arc.the warriors were just 8 of 32 from long range, including 1 of 11 by stephen curry.jokic set career highs in rebounds (21) and assists (12) to go with 17 points, and rookie juancho hernangomez scored a season-high 27 points, including six 3s. will barton added 24 points and jameer nelson had 23.seven nuggets sank 3-pointers, but the dizzying array of long-range shots






kevin durant's awesome reply to heckling nuggets fan


kevin durant has heard plenty of heckling in opposing arenas lately, what with his return to oklahoma city on saturday.so he was quick to comment back when a nuggets fan flung a “see you in the playoffs!” in his direction after monday’s loss to the nuggets.durant’s reply: “we’ll sweep your (expletive).”talk about sass.(warning: the following post contains explicit language)golden state could very well face denver in the playoffs.if the season ended monday, the top-seeded warriors would host the eighth-seeded nuggets in the opening round.sounds like durant is ready to demolish denver.






san antonio spurs use familiar script to down nuggets


san antonio – urday night was old school night at the at&t center.while the court was full of young and upcoming players for both the nuggets and spurs, it was a couple of old standbys that stole the show. and that show deserved a curtain call, as far as spurs fans were concerned.manu ginobili and tony parker led a potent san antonio offense that was too much for the nuggets to handle in a 121-97 victory. the duo scored 36 points combined as the spurs ran away in the second half.for ginobili, it was a season high. he scored 18 of those points in a -like-fire first half that saw him make his first five s s – four from 3-point range. for parker, it was nearly a 20-point night, which is rare for him this season. he settled in at 18 as well.the spurs took an all-too familiar path to victor






nuggets mash sluggish warriors in letdown loss


denver — to get through the physicality of memphis and the emotion in oklahoma city, the warriors looked like a team that had caffeine flowing through its veins for 30 hours and two impressive wins. but caffeine highs lead to eventual lows.the warriors crashed hard in denver, slogging their way through a 132-110 blowout loss to a shorthanded but far more energized nuggets team, who tied an nba regular-season record with 24 made 3s.golden state was without klay thompson, who has a sore right heel, shaun livingston, who was back in the bay area attending the birth of his child, and the injured david west and zaza pachulia. but the nuggets were also without a batch of key rotation pieces like danilo galinari, kenneth faried and emmanual mudiay.so the warriors were still favored. but they were






frustrated nuggets drop second straight, a 20-point blowout to grizzlies


the first ominous sign things were going very wrong wednesday night for the nuggets was jameer nelson walking off the court and toward the locker room with more than half of the first quarter still to play. he had been ejected after picking up two id-fire technical fouls for arguing his point after picking up two id-fire personal fouls.a lot of things went to the locker room with him.in the nuggets’ 119-99 loss to the grizzlies at the pepsi center, it was difficult to pinpoint what was most important. he was the starting point guard, and while emmanuel mudiay had returned from a back injury, he was restricted to just 20 minutes. that meant jamal murray be e the ball handler of record, the rookie unexpectedly tasked with playing big minutes running the team. shuffling the deck that much was






nick kosmider is new nuggets beat reporter for the denver post


andy cross, the denver postdenver post nuggets beat reporter nick kosmider.nick kosmider is the the denver post’s new nuggets beat reporter, taking over for christopher dempsey, who resigned to take a position with altitude.kosmider, who began working at the post in 2013, joins the nuggets beat after covering the colorado rockies last season and this past fall chronicling the rise of the colorado buffaloes football team.before covering the rockies, kosmider worked in a variety of roles at the post. he was a reporter on the “everything matters” project, a portrait of a season spent with the adams city high school football team which won several awards.kosmider joined the post from the avalanche-journal newspaper in lubbock, texas, where he covered the texas tech men’s basketball and footbal






nuggets sweep suns, 123-112


phoenix – breaking out the brooms hasn’t been something the nuggets were used to doing lately. urday, they gladly dusted those brooms off.how rare is it that the nuggets have swept a four-game seasons series? this rare: their 123-112 win over phoenix on urday night was just the fifth four-game sweep of a western conference opponent in the last seven seasons. it was the first four-game sweep since the 2012-13 season, when they went 4-for-4 against the rockets and the kings. and it was the first sweep of the suns since the 2011-12 season.“it’s not easy to beat a team four times,” nuggets coach michael malone said. “taking nothing away from phoenix, but our guys e in here and closed out the season series, which i give all of our players a lot of credit for.”the phoenix suns have been the gift






nba: nuggets’ long-range shots sink warriors


nikola jokic got his second career triple-double and the host denver nuggets tied an nba record with 24 three-point baskets while shocking the golden state warriors, 132-110, on monday night. the nuggets tied the three-point mark set by the houston rockets in december against new orleans. the warriors were only eight of 32 in three-point shots.jokic set career highs in rebounds (21) and assists (12) to go with 17 points, and rookie juancho hernangomez scored a season-high 27 points. kevin durant led the warriors with 25 points. the warriors’ ninth loss matched their total from last season, when they set an nba record by winning 73 games. at washington 120, oklahoma city 98:russell westbrook sat for good midway through the third quarter while the thunder were in the midst of missing 24 shot






curry flurry: mvp's huge third quarter propels warriors


oakland, calif. — well-rested on fresh legs, stephen curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter.draymond green got hit with a technical while walking away and let his usual fire fly at coach steve kerr in the aftermath. they laughed about it later.kevin durant brought some postgame comedy — "i got a couple of jokey jokes." the golden state warriors returned to full strength and sure look poised to play for the long haul.curry scored 17 of his 35 points in a 3-point barrage over the final 3:37 of the third quarter, and the two-time reigning mvp also had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals as the warriors used a big second half to beat the clippers 123-113 on thursday night."i'm not sure what needed to happen but i know we took that quart






nuggets use free-throw parade to beat suns again, 123-112


phoenix — the denver nuggets set up residence at the free throw line in the third quarter urday night and made the most of their time there.the nuggets sank 18 of 19 free throws in the period to pull away and beat the phoenix suns for the second time in three nights, 123-112."tonight we lived at the line," denver coach mike malone said, "which allowed us to set our defense up, which allowed us to control the tempo and slow them down."danilo gallinari scored 32 points and kenneth faried had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the nuggets, winners of three straight and seven of their last nine.eric bledsoe scored a career-high 41 for the suns. devin booker added 23.denver won despite the absence of center nikola jokic, who left with a left hip flexor strain late in thursday night's 127-120 victory






cavaliers use big third quarter to put nuggets away


cleveland – on friday night, it was the nuggets hitting the new york knicks with a near knockout blow in the third quarter. on saturday, the cavaliers turned the tables on the nuggets.the defending champions used an 18-0 run to start the third quarter to distance themselves and eventually put the nuggets away, 125-109 at quicken loans arena.“we didn’t have any energy during that whole 18-0 run,” nuggets guard will barton said. “we had no energy, we were down about missing shots. that’s how i felt. and we weren’t getting back (on defense).”until then, the nuggets had been successful at keeping things close. but the cavaliers are champions for a reason. when they turn it up, there’s not many teams keeping up. in the blink of an eye – 4:48 of actual time – cleveland hit 6-of-7 3-point shots,






we'll beat warriors with 'barrage of 3-pointers'


february 27, 2017, 7:29 pm philadelphia — the warriors begin a grueling 8-game, 8-city, 13-day stretch in philadelphia on monday night. but at the outset, they’ll have a full lineup. kevin durant, after missing last game with a hand injury, will return against the sixers. no other warriors are resting and, steve kerr says, there are no plans to rest anyone against the wizards in d.c....






we'll beat warriors with 'barrage of 3-pointers'


february 27, 2017, 3:22 pm philadelphia — the warriors begin a grueling 8-game, 8-city, 13-day stretch in philadelphia on monday night. but at the outset, they’ll have a full lineup. kevin durant, after missing last game with a hand injury, will return against the sixers. no other warriors are resting and, steve kerr says, there are no plans to rest anyone against the wizards in d.c....






gasol scores 24 as grizzlies beat nuggets, 119-99


denver — marc gasol scored 24 points, mike conley had 18 and the memphis grizzlies beat the short-handed denver nuggets 119-99 on wednesday night.memphis led for most of the game and won its third in a row.emmanuel mudiay had 14 points, seven ists and six rebounds in his return to the nuggets lineup. denver e into the game without nikola jokic (left hip flexor strain) and will barton (left ankle soreness) and then lost two more players before the night ended.point guard jameer nelson was ejected just 4:07 into the game, leaving the nuggets with three guards, and leading scorer danilo gallinari exited late in the third quarter with a left groin strain.the grizzlies took a ntage of a tired nuggets team that lost on the road to the lakers on tuesday. they led by 16 in the first half and incre






harris scores 25 points in nuggets' 129-109 win over nets


denver — gary harris scored a career-high 25 points and the denver nuggets bounced back from successive losses to beat brooklyn 129-109 on friday night, handing the inept nets their 15th loss in a row.wilson chandler had 24 points and danilo gallinari added 20 for the nuggets, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the nets.jeremy lin was back in the starting lineup for the nets after missing the previous 26 games because of a strained left hamstring, but brooklyn could not pull out of its downward spiral. he played just under 15 minutes and scored seven points with five assists.brook lopez had 17 points to lead the nets.after leading by 11 at halftime, the nuggets went in front 85-65 on a 3-pointer by gallinari with 4:35 left in the third quarter and took a 101-75 lead into the fourth.






san antonio spurs use familiar script to down nuggets


san antonio – urday night was old school night at the at&t center.while the court was full of young and upcoming players for both the nuggets and spurs, it was a couple of old standbys that stole the show. and that show deserved a curtain call, as far as spurs fans were concerned.manu ginobili and tony parker led a potent san antonio offense that was too much for the nuggets to handle in a 121-97 victory. the duo scored 36 points combined and s a combined 13-of-14 as the spurs ran away in the second half.for ginobili, it was a season high. he scored 18 of those points in a -like-fire first half that saw him make his first five s s – four from 3-point range. he scored all 18 of his points in just 10 minutes. for parker, it was nearly a 20-point night, which is rare for him this season.






andrew wiggins, minnesota timberwolves beat denver nuggets 112-99


all of those shots the nuggets made against golden state monday night? the basketball universe evened the score wednesday.layups were missed. a dunk was missed. many shots missed their mark. sprinkle in a defense that could not stop andrew wiggins, and it equaled a 112-99 loss to the minnesota timberwolves at the pepsi center.the exclamation point: a sky-walking, thunderous wiggins throw down over nikola jokic with 5:29 left in the game. it was that kind of night for him. it was that kind of night for the nuggets, who go into the all-star break with a 25-31 record, holding onto the eighth spot in the western conference.“pre-all star portion of the season has been somewhat of a roller coaster,” nuggets coach michael malone said. “but, the date i use is dec. 15. since that date we are 16-15,






nuggets, sans nikola jokic, lose in los angeles to lakers


los angeles— maybe it was the four-day break that followed the most dismal stretch of the season for the los angeles lakers.maybe it was the absence of nuggets star forward nikola jokic, who was averaging 23.9 points and 11.1 rebounds before going down with an injury.whatever the reason, the nuggets experienced a hiccup at staples center on tuesday night, falling 120-116.the loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the nuggets (21-26), who had been playing their best basketball of the season going into the contest.danilo gallinari and gary harris scored 17 each to lead the nuggets.nick young led los angeles with 23 and d’angelo russell added 22.denver built up a seven-point lead with nine minutes remaining and appeared to on its way to yet another victory against the lakers.but the lak






we'll beat warriors with 'barrage of 3-pointers'


shooting from beyond arc may have not worked well for the warriors on monday, but their league-leading offense is still based partly on success from deep.but the rockets plan to topple golden state with 3-pointers galore, houston general manager daryl morey told siriuxxm nba radio.“we want to win the title, and obviously that’s probably going through the warriors at some point,” morey said. “and we absolutely figured the only way we’re gonna beat ‘em is with a barrage of 3-pointers, and it’s probably going to be a 124-120 affair if we’re going to get past them.”such a matchup would figure to be high-scoring. after all, the warriors entered monday’s action no. 1 in the nba at 118.2 points per game and the rockets were no. 2 at 115.2.the rockets are taking and making more 3s than any team in






wiggins' 40 points leads t-wolves over nuggets 112-99


denver — andrew wiggins scored 40 points and karl-anthony towns added 24 points and 18 rebounds in the minnesota timberwolves' 112-99 victory over the denver nuggets on wednesday night.wiggins' second 40-plus game in 24 hours helped the timberwolves split the season series with the nuggets, whom they're chasing for the eighth playoff spot in the west.before tip-off, timberwolves coach tom thibodeau spoke about the danger of checking out mentally before the final game leading up to the all-star break. he suggested focus was paramount in a game like this because "mentally if you go on the break before the break comes, it's a problem."it wasn't for minnesota, which bounced back nicely from a 116-108 loss to lebron james and the cavs on tuesday night when wiggins scored 41.the nuggets went col






conley scores 31 as grizzlies beat nuggets 105-98


denver — mike conley scored 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the memphis grizzles held off the denver nuggets 105-98 on sunday.zach randolph finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for memphis, which snapped a two-game skid. marc gasol chipped in 23 points and found his mark from long range by hitting three 3-pointers.the grizzlies have now won four straight in denver — an intriguing run, considering they're just 9-32 all-time in the mile high city.danilo gallinari had 24 points as denver dropped to 0-12 this season when failing to reach the 100-point plateau.the grizzlies outscored the nuggets 21-13 in second-chance points and outrebounded them by a 49-39 margin. what's more, memphis finished 22 of 25 from the free throw line.before the game, memphis coach david fizdale






photos: nuggets beat warriors, 132-110


a colorado native, john leyba began his career at the denver post in 1984, just out of high school. he has primarily photographed sports for the news organization, including super bowls, the stanley cup championships, world series, summer and winter olympics. he was a part of the pulitzer prize winning staff awarded for its coverage of the 2012 aurora theater shooting.






nuggets have shown they can score with anybody. can they improve enough defensiv


jamal murray carries himself with the confidence of a player who doesn’t believe there is a shot he can’t make.so when the rookie nuggets guard, after tuesday’s team practice, fired a ball off a horizontal pillar near the roof of a practice court at the pepsi center and watched it bounce of the floor, narrowly missing the rim behind him, murray quickly calibrated his next attempt.moments later, murray nailed the shot that looked like something out of the classic mcdonald’s commercial starring michael jordan and larry bird in which the two legends play a game of h-o-r-s-e on steroids with a big mac at stake.clearly, putting the ball in the basket has not been a problem for the nuggets the last couple months. only the golden state warriors have a higher offensive rating than denver’s 113.8,






jameer nelson coming through in the clutch when nuggets need him most


after the nuggets beat phoenix 123-112 on urday night, their seventh win in nine games, jameer nelson did his best to deflect a spotlight being turned on him.“i’m not going to talk about myself,” the veteran point guard said with a grin.that subject, however, is becoming unavoidable.nelson has put together a solid season for the nuggets, and they have needed his contribution. playing for a team with a stable of young point guards, nelson has been a steadying force, a calming influence when a teammate such as emmanuel mudiay or jamal murray needs him.but it is nelson’s production on the court that has been most helpful. his scoring average — 9.0 points per game — is his best since the 2012-13 season. he also is averaging 25.6 minutes, and his shooting percentage (.449) is much better than i






warriors to re-sign briante weber to 10-day contract


february 13, 2017, 6:29 am 1. the basics tipoff: 6 p.m. monday at the pepsi center. tv: csn bay area. radio: kgmz 95.7 “the game” in oakland and san francisco, krty 95.3 in san jose, kion 1460 and 101.1 in salinas and monterey. 2. the records warriors: 46-8, no. 1 in the western conference by five games over san antonio. nuggets: 24-30, no. 8 in...






frustrated nuggets drop second straight, a 20-point blowout to grizzlies


the first ominous sign things were going very wrong wednesday night for the nuggets was jameer nelson walking off the court and toward the locker room with more than half of the first quarter still to play. he had been ejected after picking up two id-fire technical fouls for arguing his point after picking up two id-fire personal fouls.a lot of things went to the locker room with him.in the nuggets’ 119-99 loss to the grizzlies at the pepsi center, it was difficult to pinpoint what was most important. he was the starting point guard, and while emmanuel mudiay had returned from a back injury, he was restricted to just 20 minutes. that meant jamal murray be e the ball handler of record, the rookie unexpectedly tasked with playing big minutes running the team. shuffling the deck that much was






another 40-point game for wiggins, this time in a wolves win


denver – maybe it is the shoes.whatever the reasons, timberwolves young star andrew wiggins is scoring in rarified air since he slapped on vibrant green adidas shoes nearly three weeks ago.in wednesday’s 112-99 victory at denver that sent his team off into the nine-day all-star break, wiggins became only the second player in team history to score 40 points in consecutive games.he did so by following tuesday’s 41-point night in a home loss to lebron james and the cleveland team that drafted him with a 40-point game on 15-for-26 shooting at pepsi center.kevin love is the only other player who has done that in wolves history.he did it by scoring 43 and 40 in consecutive games in april 2014.teammate karl-anthony towns’ supplemented wiggins’ big scoring night with a 24-point, 19-rebound game of






lakers hold off nuggets, 120-116


apparently four days between games helped.the lakers beat the denver nuggets, 120-116, on tuesday night, with three players eclipsing 20 points and rookie ivica zubac scoring a career-high 17 points.nick young scored 23 and d’angelo russell scored 22, with a career-high 10 ists. lou williams added 21 points for the lakers.with russell back into the starting lineup after missing three games with a sprained knee ligament and strained calf muscle in his right leg, the lakers started the game by scoring eight consecutive points. the lakers’ first-quarter lead rose to 11 before denver began to chip into it in a significant way. at that point the nuggets responded with their own 8-0 run that included six points by forward kenneth faried and brought denver within one.faried’s biggest contribution






nuggets kenneth faried, danilo gallinari may be out until break


new york – with the all-star break looming, and nuggets kenneth faried and danilo gallinari nursing severe injuries, there is a chance the duo might not play until after the all-star break.neither were in uniform on friday night at the new york knicks. gallinari hasn’t played in five straight games since suffering a strained left groin against the memphis grizzlies on feb. 1. faried missed his first game with a significantly sprained right ankle.the expanded off-time during the all-star break could provide the two the extra time they need to get fully healthy for the final 26 games of the season.gallinari, however, did get some work in on thursday, the nuggets off day in new york.“i give him credit,” malone said. “we had an optional shooting (practice on friday) and he went to the gym and






how to watch denver nuggets at atlanta hawks


denver at atlanta 5:30 p.m. wednesday, alt; 950 amspotlight on paul millsap: the on-again, off-again, nuggets relationship with acquiring the all-star atlanta forward has cooled for the moment. but it’s not because of a sudden lack of interest from the nuggets. the hawks pulled millsap off the trading block after word spread he was very much available early in january. millsap, for his part, has been his steady self with averages of 17.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 ists.notebooknuggets: this the first of a three-game road trip, with the first order of business a desire to put a halt to a two-game road losing streak. … this is second and final game of the season series. the nuggets lost to the hawks the first time around, 109-108 on dec. 23 in denver. … forward danilo gallinari is expected






conley scores 31 as grizzlies beat nuggets 105-98


denver — some friendly advice from zach randolph to his point guard, mike conley — shoot, shoot and shoot some more."no shot is a bad shot for him," randolph said.conley scored 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the memphis grizzles held off the denver nuggets 105-98 on sunday."it's very important for him to be aggressive, especially coming out in the beginning," randolph explained. "we're going to fall behind them. how they go is how we go."the other part of the "they" that randolph referenced was marc gasol, who chipped in with 23 points and found his mark from long range by hitting three 3-pointers. randolph did his part, too, with 20 points and 11 rebounds for memphis, which snapped a two-game skid."i tried to do what i could to be aggressive," conley said. "got some go






despite cold curry, durant and warriors beat 76ers 119-108


philadelphia — kevin durant had 27 points in his return to the lineup and the golden state warriors overcame the worst 3-point shooting performance of stephen curry's career in a 119-108 victory over the philadelphia 76ers on monday night.curry was 0 for 11 from 3-point range. that topped his previous worst outing without making a 3 when he went 0 for 10 from distance on nov. 4 against the lakers. the two-time reigning mvp entered leading the league by a wide margin with 231 3-pointers this season.curry still had 19 points, making 7 of 12 2-point attempts and all five of his free-throw tries.klay thompson scored 21 points and draymond green had 14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals for the warriors, who opened a five-game east coast trip by winning their fourth straight and b






nuggets mash sluggish warriors in letdown loss


denver — to get through the physicality of memphis and the emotion in oklahoma city, the warriors looked like a team that had caffeine flowing through its veins for 30 hours, pumping out two high-octane wins. but caffeine highs lead to eventual lows.the warriors crashed hard in denver on monday night, slogging their way through a 132-110 blowout loss to a shorthanded but far more energized nuggets team, who tied an nba regular-season record with 24 made 3s.“i could sense this (coming) yesterday,” steve kerr said. “these things are kind of predictable in the nba season.”golden state was without klay thompson, who has a sore right heel, shaun livingston, who was back in the bay area attending the birth of his child, and the injured david west and zaza pachulia. but the nuggets were also with






denver nuggets dial up defense in win over dallas mavericks


the much-needed vacation comes in february in the nba.the all-star break for most players provides a brief respite from the grind of an 82-game season — an opportunity to recharge and prepare for whatever comes next.what’s next for the nuggets, unlike in recent years, is a playoff chase. it makes the six-game stretch heading into the all-star break, which began with monday’s game against the dallas mavericks, pivotal for a denver.“this is an interesting time of the year,” coach michael malone said before the game, the nuggets’ fourth in five nights. “everyone’s trying to steal games, but everyone is feeling it. you just have to go out there and find the energy.”the nuggets had enough energy to produce one of their finest defensive performances of the season in a 110-87 rout of the maverick






led by klay thompson, warriors exorcise their memphis demons


memphis — for a moment, midway through the fourth quarter, it looked as if the warriors were in danger of blowing another lead late to the grizzlies.but draymond green, in yet another highlight on his defensive player of the year paign, squashed the grizzlies’ comeback. he anchored a warriors’ defense that refused to let the grizzlies score enough.green had just four points, but still managed a triple double — 12 rebounds, 10 ists and 10 steals — as the warriors beat host memphis 122-107. two of his steals e in the fourth quarter, timely thwarts during the grizzlies’ surge. he also had five blocks, including one at the rim on memphis all-star center marc gasol.green not only set a team-record in steals, he led the way in the warriors sending a message to the only team that’s beaten the war






nuggets, sans nikola jokic, lose in los angeles to lakers


los angeles— maybe it was the four-day break that followed the most dismal stretch of the season for the los angeles lakers.maybe it was the absence of denver nuggets star forward nikola jokić who was averaging 23.9 points and 11.1 rebounds before going down with an injury.whatever the reason, the denver nuggets experienced a hiccup at staples center tuesday, falling 120-116.the loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the nuggets (21-26), who’d been playing their best basketball of the season going into the contest and were held to under 120 points for only the fourth time in their last 10 games.danilo gallinari and gary harris led denver with 17 points apiece and and kenneth faried added 14.nick young led los angeles with 23 and d’angelo russell added 22.the nuggets were 28 for 73, or






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


determined to reverse eight years of a democratic administration, house republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in president barack obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership.