When the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors met earlier this season, the Nuggets had their best shooting game in more than five years. Denver looks to duplicate that effort as it goes for its fourth straight win over the Warriors.
The Nuggets shot 60.3 percent from the field in a 118-112 victory over Golden State on Dec. 26, their best performance since shooting 63.1 percent in a 135-112 win over Milwaukee on Feb. 2, 2000.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Dec. 26 contest, and is averaging 23.8 points on 52.1 percent shooting in eight games against the Warriors.
Anthony scored 33 points in Denver’s 105-104 win over Portland on Saturday as Denver ended a four-game skid.
Andre Miller, who missed four free throws in the closing minutes, stole the ball at midcourt and scored the winning basket with 4.3 seconds left. Marcus Camby then blocked Ruben Patterson’s jumper at the buzzer.
“We did a lot of great stuff and some kind of weird stuff,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “It was a kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of game because we didn’t defend very aggressively until the end and we win the game because of our defense.
“Once in a while you steal one back and in a way we stole this one back.”
Camby had 21 points and 11 boards, and is averaging 11.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in four games since returning from a broken right pinkie Jan. 27. The center had been out a month.
Denver allowed Portland to shoot 51.3 percent from the field, and five of the Nuggets’ last six opponents have shot 50.0 percent or better. Denver is 3-11 when opponents shoot 50.0 percent or better.
Power forward Kenyon Martin, who created a stir by walking off to the locker room with 3 minutes left in Thursday’s loss to Utah, sat out Saturday with a bruised left knee. He’s expected to return to the lineup against Golden State.
Despite winning at Oakland on Dec. 26, the Nuggets have struggled on the road against the Warriors.
Golden State has won seven of its last nine home games against Denver, and 27 of the last 33 meetings at Oakland.
Golden State is coming off a 109-77 rout of Minnesota on Saturday, its biggest victory of the season.
Jason Richardson had 23 points and seven rebounds in his return after missing four games with a sore back, but the Warriors may be without another starter against the Nuggets.
Guard Baron Davis tweaked his left ankle at the shootaround before Saturday’s game and played only 20 minutes, recording six assists, five rebounds and two points. His status for Monday is uncertain.
“Not good at all, man,” Davis said of the ankle. “It’s nothing severe, though. It’s something where I’ve got to get therapy and treatment and get that strength back.”
Davis averaged 27.5 points and 10.8 assists in his four games before the injury.
Troy Murphy scored 20 points Saturday and is averaging 17.7 points and 14.3 rebounds in his last seven games.
The Warriors have lost six of their last eight, and have just five wins in their last 15 home games.