Golden State Warriors score 51 points in first quarter against Denver Nuggets


Denver knocked off Golden State 100-98 in Denver on October 21 thanks to Juancho Hernangomez blocking a layup at the buzzer.

Kevin Durant (right) sparks the Warriors' hot start against the Nuggets on the way to reclaiming the West top seed. Here are the good, the bad and the ugly from Tuesday's loss.

Jabari Parker scored 18 points off the bench to lead the Bulls, who hadn't lost eight in a row since a 10-game skid from November 19-Dec.

Malik Beasley finished with 22 points for the Nuggets.

Golden State didn't let up in the third quarter.

On top of that, the Nuggets' two best players performed well in the matchup and did not back down to the best competition there is, something the Nuggets will need heading into their playoff push.

"This is a big night for us to continue to build momentum", Curry added. Draymond Green scored just four points but delivered 13 of the Warriors' 38 assists. They tossed 346 passes - about 32 more than their season average.

The Nuggets and Bulls played earlier this season in Chicago, with Denver pulling out a win in overtime courtesy of a Paul Millsap put-back with 0.1 seconds left.

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While Denver did a great job of answering back with baskets of their own, the Nuggets had a very hard time stopping the Warriors from scoring. In the first game between these teams, Lavine scored 28 points and dished out 7 assists in 39 minutes of action.

"Obviously, there's not gonna be very many record-setting quarters every night", Warriors swingman Klay Thompson said.

The second quarter was much of the same for the Warriors as Denver could not do much to stop the Warriors from scoring.

"51 points in a quarter is mind boggling", Malone said.

Curry was coming off of his best performance since returning from an injury and had just hit 11 3-pointers on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks on his way to a 48-point night.

Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Philadelphia scored 83 points in the first half in a thrashing of Minnesota in Jimmy Butler's first game against his former team. He's averaging 29.5 points on 49.1 per cent shooting from the field and 45.6 per cent shooting from three-point range with an average of 11.6 attempts from behind the arc.

Murray, Jokic and Barton said they'd welcome a chance to critique one of the squad's more puzzling efforts - the Warriors' 51 first-quarter points set an National Basketball Association record for scoring over an opening 12 minutes in the shot clock era - after months of an otherwise salty defensive front.

The Warriors' statement win was just one of the lopsided results of the day.