Warriors cruise past Denver behind Curry's 36

Warriors cruise past Denver behind Curry's 36
February 10, 2012, 4:23 am
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Stephen Curry shot the lights out all night and the Warriors used a 37-point third quarter to separate from the Nuggets and earn their best road win of the year.

Warriors 109, Nuggets 101

Player of the game: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a season-high 36 points, helping Golden State snap a two-game losing streak.

This feels good, Curry said afterward. We came with it on both ends. We were a little sluggish to start, but obviously our shots started falling so it was a good night.Third is the charm: The Warriors gained separation from the Nuggets in the third quarter, outscoring Denver 37-20. The 37-point third quarter was the Warriors second-highest scoring third-quarter of the season. They scored 40 points in a Feb. 2, win over the Utah Jazz. For the period, the Warriors shot 70 percent from the floor and went 5-for-9 from 3-point range.Currys first half: On Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was Monta Ellis who had a monster first half, scoring 30 points on his way to 48 for the night.On Thursday night, it was Curry who had a huge first half. Curry had 21 points in the first 24 minutes, going 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.Thompsons career night: Rookie Klay Thompson had 19 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. The 19 points were a career-high for Thompson.That was big for us, Curry said of Thompson. They were trying to make a run (in the fourth) and he stayed aggressive and made some big shots. It was his 22nd birthday (Wednesday) and we tried to get him 22 (points), but settled for 19. Well take that.Udoh out of the gate: Ekpe Udoh was a big-time factor late in the first quarter and into the second quarter, making himself a presence around the rim. Udoh had five blocks in 11 minutes, and he wasnt particular about which Nugget he sent away.Julyan Stone, Andre Miller, Kosta Koufos and Al Harrington (twice) all had their shots blocked by Udoh in the first half.For the game, the Warriors had 14 blocked shots to just one for the Nuggets.Biedrins better: After coming off a game in which he had zero points, zero rebounds and zero assists in 14 minutes, Warriors center Andris Biedrins was a little more of a factor against Denver.Biedrins had four rebounds and two blocks in seven first-quarter minutes, and he helped limit Denvers Nene while he was in the game. Biedrins, however, remains overly gun-shy when it comes to attempting field goals. Biedrins got two offensive rebounds, both in the vicinity of the basket, and each time he passed the ball out to guards on the perimeter.Three in a row: The Warriors now play three straight home games, including a rare back-to-back home set on Sunday and Monday against Houston and Phoenix, respectively. They conclude the set against Portland on Wednesday.Theres got to be a carryover effect, Jackson said of the road victory. In my opinion weve had great intense performances the past two games. We dont feel good about (Tuesdays loss to Oklahoma City), but there was no carryover negatively. Now we look to build on it.