Back-to-back losses were not how the Golden State Warriors wanted to end an otherwise successful homestand.
The Warriors get a chance to avenge their most recent defeat when they visit the Denver Nuggets on Friday to conclude a home-and-home series between the teams.
Golden State (7-5) lost 115-112 to Denver (6-4) on Wednesday as Carmelo Anthony had 33 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets. The Warriors had their five-game win streak end with a 113-110 loss to Phoenix on Monday and completed their season-high seven-game homestand with a 5-2 mark.
Against the Nuggets, Golden State fell behind 34-26 and trailed by as many as 10 before working its way back. With 37 seconds left, Anthony was called for an offensive foul, giving the Warriors a chance to tie, but Mickael Pietrus and Monta Ellis both missed a 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds.
“That was the shot we wanted,” said Pietrus, who had 21 points off the bench. “Sometimes you miss, sometimes you make. That’s life sometimes.”
This is the first time this season Golden State has dropped consecutive games.
“I still think we have been improving over the past two weeks and that is not something I like to decide from box scores,” coach Don Nelson said. “I will not allow this to get us down.”
Jason Richardson, who is still recovering from offseason knee surgery, scored a season-high 24 points for the Warriors. He is averaging 14.9 points per game this season after posting a career-high 23.2 a contest in 2005-06.
While Richardson hopes he can repeat Wednesday’s effort, which also included eight rebounds, six assists and four steals, he would prefer a different outcome for his team.
“I’m not pleased,” he said. “I always can do something better. We didn’t win the game. I mean, no matter how good of an individual effort you have, no matter if I score 50, 60 or 70, if you don’t win it doesn’t matter. … There’s always something you can do better when you don’t win the game.”
The Warriors will be playing just their fourth road game of the season. They are 1-2 away from home, averaging 94.0 points compared to 109.8 at home.
Wednesday’s win was Denver’s third straight and sixth in seven games after opening the season with three consecutive losses.
The Nuggets are averaging a league-high 108.3 points per game, and have scored at least 112 in their last four victories. Coach George Karl, though, was more impressed with Denver’s defensive effort on Wednesday after his club turned the ball over a season-high 25 times.
“It was probably one of our best defensive games if you take away our turnovers,” he said. “I don’t think (Golden State) played very efficiently against our defense.”
The Nuggets have won five straight at home over the Warriors since a 94-89 loss on Feb. 24, 2003.