Warriors Hammer The Nuggets To Close Out Perfect Road Trip

After handling the Los Angeles Clippers by 28 points and toppling the San Antonio Spurs by 20, the Golden State Warriors wiped out the Denver Nuggets, 127-108, on Saturday to cap the club’s unblemished road swing.

“I’m really pleased – what a great trip,” head coach Steve Kerr told reporters. “Three tough teams and, obviously, we’re rounding into form and we kind of turned a corner, I think, on this trip.”

On a night when the Warriors closed out the three-game stretch with an average margin of victory of 22.3 points, Stephen Curry delivered a virtuoso performance.

Curry dropped 22 points on the Nuggets and dished out 11 assists while finishing plus-44 in 30 minutes.

As a group, the Dubs handed out 37 assists — tying their season high and also accounting for the most dimes any team has recorded this season

The Warriors ambushed the Nuggets with a 16-2 run in the first four minutes of the second half, exploding for a 43-21 third quarter and commanding a 103-76 lead entering the final frame.

The opening half had been a tale of two quarters. After building a 36-23 advantage at the end of the first, the hosts hit the Warriors with a 15-0 barrage to open up the second quarter, briefly stealing away the lead.

The Warriors stabilized late in the second, carrying a 60-55 advantage into the break, thanks in large part to Curry who had nine assists and 10 points in 18 minutes.

Izzo in the house

With Tom Izzo, Draymond Green’s ex-head coach at Michigan St. in the building, the former Spartan flooded the box score, going for 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals and a block — all in 27 minutes.

Livingston out

Kerr opted to hold out Shaun Livingston for rest, allowing both Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney to be active.

kbuscheck@sfexaminer.com

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