Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic lead Nuggets past Golden State Warriors

Dec 25, 2023, 2:26 PM | Updated: 6:26 pm

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles past Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #5 of the Den...

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 25: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles past Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #5 of the Denver Nuggets during the first half at Ball Arena on December 25, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)

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Jamal Murray scored 28 points, Nikola Jokic had 26 points and 14 rebounds and hit all 18 of his free-throw attempts, and the host Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 120-114 on Monday.

Michael Porter Jr. finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Aaron Gordon added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets. Denver has won five straight and eight of its last nine.

Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points off the bench, Stephen Curry scored 18 points, Dario Saric contributed 14 points and Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Paul and Brandin Podziemski scored 13 apiece for Golden State. The Warriors had their five-game winning streak snapped.

The Nuggets led by three entering the fourth but Golden State scored the first six points to go in front 95-92. Porter made a layup and Jokic fed Murray for a reverse dunk to give Denver a 100-97 lead.

Jokic and Wiggins traded baskets to keep the Nuggets in front by a point before they went on a small run to expand the lead to 114-107 with 2:02 left.

Curry answered with a 3-pointer for the Warriors but Jokic hit a running dunk and Murray drained two free throws to seal it for Denver.

The Nuggets led by as many as 10 in the first quarter but Golden State rallied in a back-and-forth second. The Warriors put together a 15-3 run that gave them a 43-37 lead but Murray had seven points in a 9-2 run by Denver.

Curry didn’t score until he made a free throw with 5:46 left in the second quarter and finished with four points in the half but Golden State was able to take a 54-53 at intermission.

The teams continued to trade blows throughout the third quarter, with Curry and Murray dueling early in the period that resulted in the Warriors leading 65-63. Jokic made two free throws to put the Nuggets ahead by four and Caldwell-Pope made a corner 3-pointer to increase the lead to 81-75.

–Field Level Media

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