W's get win No. 22 with 112-97 victory over Nuggets

April 8, 2012, 4:59 am
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Warriors 112, Nuggets 97Player of the game: David Lee had 17 points and nine rebounds and six other Warriors scored in double-figures as Golden State beat the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Saturday.The win was the second in three games for the Warriors.Key stretch: The Warriors have struggled in the third quarters of games this year but not on Saturday against Denver. After taking a seven-point lead into halftime, the Warriors scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a 63-49 lead their biggest of the game up to that point.The Warriors would eventually bump their lead to 17 points in the period, taking control of the game.The Nuggets closed within five points in the third quarter, but the Warriors allowed it to get no closer and won going away.Bench play: The Warriors took a 56-49 lead into intermission, helped by the play of Brandon Rush, Dominic McGuire and Nate Robinson.Rush had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in 17 first-half minutes, and McGuire had seven points and played his usual tough defense in 12 first-half minutes.As for Robinson, he bounced back from an awful performance on Friday in Utah and contributed seven points and four assists through two quarters.Rush led the Warriors with 20 points, Robinson had 14 points and Richard Jefferson finished with 10.A look at the standings: With the victory, the Warriors improved their record to 22-33 on the season. That means the Warriors have the ninth-worst record in the league with 11 games remaining.If the Warriors wind up with the No. 1 pick through the No. 7 pick, theyll get to keep their pick.But if the Warriors end up with the No. 8 pick in the draft or worse, it will be conveyed to Utah.