Ty Lawson registered his 13th double-double this season, scoring 22 points and registering 11 assists, to help the Denver Nuggets defeat the Golden State Warriors, 123-116. The Nuggets had no trouble knocking down shots in this one, going 45-83 (54.2%) from the field, including 12-24 (50.0%) from three-point range. Denver (20-18) gets one in the win column after losing to Utah on Monday.
Lawson shot 6-14 from the field (1-3 on 3-pointers) and 9-12 from the free throw line. Denver also got solid performances from Wilson Chandler with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and J.J. Hickson with 13 points and 24 rebounds. David Lee had another quality performance for Golden State despite the loss, scoring 28 points on 8-16 shooting from the field and 12-13 from the free throw line. He also tallied 11 rebounds. Stephen Curry contributed 24 points and 7 assists, Harrison Barnes finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Andrew Bogut put up 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 61.4%, the Nuggets connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (8-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Warriors are 3-2 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Golden State (25-15) to 1-1 against Denver on the year.
Coming up next, the Nuggets square off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 14-25 on the year. The Warriors meet the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently 28-10 this season. The Nuggets have a 0-1 record against Cleveland this season. The Warriors are 1-1 versus Oklahoma City this season.