Warriors blitz Nuggets with National Basketball Association record 51-point first quarter

Warriors blitz Nuggets with National Basketball Association record 51-point first quarter

"I don't think anybody on our team is scared of the Golden State Warriors or too respectful". Curry (8-for-13) and Thompson (5-for-8) combined to sink 13 3-pointers and they each scored a game-high 31 points.

After the game the Warriors returned to the top of the Western Conference on 30-14 and are now 0.5 games ahead of the second-placed Nuggets.

"That was a fireworks show", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, calling the first quarter display "beautiful, handsome basketball".

Golden State shot a blistering 60 percent from the field, had 38 assists and hit 21 3-pointers - 10 in the first quarter - in leading wire-to-wire. That was as good as it gets for us.

But sometimes there's just not a lot you can do when you're up against a juggernaut like Golden State.

Sixers centre Joel Embiid scored 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds and guard Ben Simmons fell just shy of a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in an National Basketball Association clash that Philadelphia controlled from start to finish.

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Milwaukee's Most Valuable Player candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season as the Bucks dispatched the Miami heat 124-86.

And that wasn't even the biggest total of the night. They showed that they are not afraid to compete against the defending champions, which can go a long way if the two teams were to meet up in the playoffs with plenty more at stake. Jimmy Butler had 19 points in his first game since being dealt by the Timberwolves following his trade request.

"I don't believe in flushing games when you get your (expletive) kicked", Malone said.

Golden State pushed the lead to 23 in the second quarter, but Denver rallied to cut a 72-52 deficit to 12 with eight straight points. He's been steadily progressing after tearing his left Achilles tendon last January while with New Orleans.

"He texted me after the game and said he's never seen me have four dunks", Thompson said.

Myles Turner, back in action after missing four games with a sore right shoulder, scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds for the Pacers, who had 20 points apiece from starting forward Bojan Bogdanovic and reserve Tyreke Evans.

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