MANILA, Philippines – It’s pretty much just the Golden State Warriors being their usual sensational selves.
The Warriors exploded for a league-record 51 points in the 1st quarter – spiked by a franchise-best 10 three-pointers in a period – on the way to a 142-111 rout of the Denver Nuggets in the NBA on Tuesday, January 15 (Wednesday, January 16, Manila time).
It was a battle between the two best teams in the Western Conference, but the Nuggets – the top seed before the lopsided loss – didn’t stand a chance from the get-go in the the defending champions' incredible shooting showcase.
The Warriors, who set the record for the most points scored in the 1st quarter, shot a staggering 60% (57-of-95) from the field and 54% (21-of-39) from three-point range.
The @warriors drill a franchise record for 3PM in a quarter with 10 3-pointers in the 1st! #DubNation WATCH FREE: https://t.co/Ody70LeP5E pic.twitter.com/I3ZqjTEI8b — NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2019
And it wasn't that the Nuggets played bad in the 31-point blowout loss. The Warriors' shooting barrage would have been too much for most teams for that matter.
Kevin Durant sizzled early, firing a perfect 7-of-7 for 17 points and 5 assists in the 1st quarter on the way to finishing with 27 points on top of 4 rebounds and 6 assists. The former MVP shot 73% (11-of-15) from the fielding, including 71% (5-of-7) from three-point range.
Steph Curry knocked in a game-high 31 points, 24 from beyond the arc where he registered a 62% shooting clip (8-of-13).
Klay Thompson also fired 15 points off triples on the way to sharing top scoring honors with Curry with 31 points.
The Warriors also dished out a whopping 38 assists, against a similarly impressive 30 by the Nuggets.
Kevin Durant - 17 PTS, 3 3PM Klay Thompson - 13 PTS, 3 3PM Steph Curry - 12 PTS, 4 3PM The @warriors scored 51 points in the first quarter, an NBA record for most points scored in a first quarter. pic.twitter.com/oreUrwwXOE — NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) January 16, 2019
By the end of the match, the two teams switched places in the West team standings with the Warriors claiming the top seed with a 30-14 record and the Nuggets just behind them at 29-14.
Malik Beasley paced the Nuggets with 22points, while Jamal Murray shot 21 and Nikola Jokic added 17 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. – Rappler.com