Stephen Curry scored a season-high 36 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 109-101 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
Curry was 13 of 17 from the field and 6 of 9 on 3-pointers. Curry also had seven rebounds and seven assists.
Klay Thompson scored a career-high 19 points. The rookie was 8 of 11 from the floor and 3 of 4 on 3s. As a team, the Warriors were 13 of 25 from 3-point range.
Dorell Wright added 15 points. After scoring 48 on Tuesday, Monta Ellis had 14. David Lee had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Golden State (9-14) had a season-high 14 blocks, with a season-high five by Ekpe Udoh. The Warriors got two blocks each from Curry, Ellis and Andris Biedrins.
Udoh blocked four in a span of four minutes in the second quarter.
With the win, Golden State ended a two game losing streak and won at the Pepsi Center for the first time in seven tries. The Warriors improved to 3-6 on the road.
Arron Afflalo led Denver with 26 points. Nene scored 15, but only three in the second half. Ty Lawson had 11 points and 10 assists. Al Harrington had 11 off the Nuggets bench.
Rookie Kenneth Faried made his second NBA start and finished with career-highs of eight points and 10 rebounds.
Denver (15-12) has lost five straight and are just 7-12 against teams in the Western Conference.
Golden State took command of the game in the third quarter by shooting 70 percent and outscoring Denver 37-20 to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 13-point lead. Wright and Curry combined for 25 points.
The Nuggets shot just 39 percent in the period and were outrebounded 12-4.
The Warriors extended the lead to as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter and were never threatened. Thompson scored 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting to extinguish any hope of a Denver comeback.
The Nuggets ended the game on a 16-4 run to make the score more respectable.
Golden State finished the game shooting 51.9 percent and held Denver to 43.5 percent.
The only blemish for Curry came at the free throw line. A career 90 percent free-throw shooter, Curry was 4 of 7 and is shooting just 74 percent this season.
Nate Robinson returned from a one-game absence and had two points, two rebounds and two assists.
Biedrins scored for the first time in four games, finishing with two points and eight rebounds.
The Nuggets played without leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, who severely sprained his left ankle in Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Gallinari is expected to miss a month.