Warriors comeback falls short, lose 100-98 in Denver

Damian Jones game-tying layup blocked in the final seconds of the game

Matthew Ashlock
October 21, 2018 - 7:54 pm

The Golden State Warriors have officially suffered their first loss of the 2018-2019 season with a 100-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Down two and electing not to take a timeout, Stephen Curry led the Warriors down the floor in the final seconds of the game. He drove into the paint, dumped it off to Damian Jones, only to have his layup blocked and time expired.

It was a rough shooting night as Kevin Durant (7-of-19), Stephen Curry (10-of-23), and Klay Thompson (7-of-16) combined to go 24-of-58 from the field, while the Warriors collectively shot 7-for-29 from deep. Curry accounted for six of those seven 3-pointers.

Although their shooting was off, the Warriors defense looked good. They held the Nuggets to 40% shooting from the field, and 19% from 3-point range. Unfortunately, the Warriors were called for 29 personal fouls giving the Nuggets 18 more free-throw attempts (24 for the Warriors, 42 for the Nuggets).

Klay Thompson has been fighting to get going so far this season. He hit only one three coming into Denver, and ended the game shooting 5-of-13 from the field, and only 1-of-6 on 3-pointers. Regardless, he threw down an impressive dunk in the fourth quarter:

Kevin Durant failed to hit a 3-pointer, but he got to the FT line a team-high seven times, going 6-for-7. He has only one 3-pointer on the season through three games. His most impressive bucket of the night was this nasty crossover euro-step:

If the Warriors want to bounce back against Phoenix, they will need to cut down on their turnovers. They committed 19 turnovers, compared to 22 assists. Be sure to catch all the action on 95.7 The Game, with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton in town Monday night at 7:30pm.

 

 

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