Nikola Jokic hit a 40-footer as time expired and the Denver Nuggets shocked the Golden State Warriors 130-127 on Thursday evening after trailing by 18 factors within the fourth quarter.
Jokic had 34 factors, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. He tied it at 127 with a brief jumper with 26 seconds left. Golden State’s last possession ended with Stephen Curry‘s turnover, setting the the stage for Jokic’s winner from close to the best sideline.
The defending champion Nuggets have gained 11 of 13 and 6 straight on the highway. They despatched the Warriors – who didn’t get again to .500 after snapping a three-game skid Tuesday evening – to a 1-3 begin on their seven-game homestand.
Aaron Gordon scored 30 factors for Denver, and Jamal Murray had 25. Curry led Golden State with 30 factors. Klay Thompson added 24.
Golden State pulled away within the third quarter, outscoring Denver 44-24 after trailing by double-digits early within the half. The Warriors had a 19-6 halfway by the quarter, with Brandin Podziemski hitting three nook 3-pointers for a 107-94 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Nuggets took a 70-63 lead into halftime, capturing 62% from the sphere.
Draymond Inexperienced set to return
The Warriors weree with out Draymond Inexperienced, suspended indefinitely three weeks in the past, for the eleventh straight sport.
ESPN reported Thursday that Inexperienced was anticipated to return to the group facility within the coming days in anticipation of a return, although coach Steve Kerr didn’t verify the report earlier than the sport.
Golden State might be with out Gary Payton II for one more prolonged stretch due to a strained hamstring. The Warriors stated Patyon might be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Nuggets: Host Orlando on Friday evening.
Warriors: Host Detroit on Friday evening.