SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry grew to become the primary participant in NBA historical past to make 3,000 profession 3-pointers on Tuesday night time in a sport the place the Denver Nuggets barely held off the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors 89-86.
Denver’s Nikola Jokic blocked a possible game-tying shot by Jonathan Kuminga within the closing seconds to protect the win after his group practically blew a 24-point halftime lead. The Warriors obtained yet another probability to tie the sport, however Andre Iguodala missed a 3-pointer on the buzzer.
Jokic had 22 factors, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to steer the Nuggets, whereas Will Barton added 21 factors.
Andrew Wiggins had 21 factors and eight rebounds for Golden State in his first sport again from the league’s COVID-19 well being and security protocols. Curry, who scored 21 of his 23 factors within the second half, made a nook 3-pointer late within the third quarter to offer him 157 consecutive video games with a 3-point subject objective. It ties his personal NBA file, which he set from 2014-16.
The Warriors trailed 60-36 on the half, however saved Denver down offensively whereas opening the third quarter on a 17-5 run to chop Denver’s result in 65-53. They pulled inside 5 on a Curry step-back 3-pointer with 7:20 remaining within the fourth quarter earlier than he made back-to-back 3-pointers to chop the Nuggets’ result in 84-82 with 2:08 left.
The Warriors tied the sport at 84 on a dunk by Gary Payton II with 1:04 remaining. Barton put the Nuggets again in entrance 86-84 with a tip-in on the following possession.
The Nuggets began the sport on a 10-0 run and constructed a 31-16 lead after the primary quarter. Curry remained scoreless deep into the primary half, lastly getting his first factors with 2:08 remaining within the second quarter.
Golden State was damage by free throws, capturing simply 16 of 31 for the sport.
Earlier than the sport, the Chase Middle held a second of silence for John Madden. The longtime Raiders coach and NFL broadcaster died Tuesday morning at 85.
Nuggets: Monte Morris sat out with left knee soreness. … Aaron Gordon missed his third straight sport with left hamstring soreness.
Warriors: Draymond Inexperienced, Jordan Poole, Damion Lee and Moses Moody remained in well being and security protocols. … Iguodala returned after lacking two video games with proper knee soreness.
Nuggets: Host Golden State on Thursday to finish the home-and-home.
Warriors: At Denver on Thursday to start a short two-game highway journey.
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