The Warriors had a chance to take first place away from the Nuggets in Denver and they came through in record-breaking fashion. Golden State was on fire from the outset and scored an NBA record 51 first-quarter points on their way to a 142-111 win.
Guards Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and forward Kevin Durant were incredibly hot to open the contest. Here are their numbers in the first stanza, courtesy of The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.
The entire game, save for a bit of a run by the Nuggets in the second quarter, was a positive for Golden State. Center Kevon Looney had a career high in rebounds with 12, Thompson, the noted sharpshooter, had four dunks, and the team won its fourth straight game as the debut of center Demarcus Cousins nears.
Plus, Draymond Green had 13 assists, and Golden State set a club record with 10 made 3-pointers in a quarter.
This was the year’s best performance from the two-time defending champions, and if any fan missed this game they’d do well by finding a friend who DVR’d this masterpiece from the finest collection of NBA superstars The Association has to offer.
But if that’s not possible, here’s the boxscore, courtesy of Slater, as well as a Curry 3-point shot that left Durant motionless. Enjoy.