The Denver Nuggets pulled off an incredible comeback to defeat the Golden State Warriors 130-127 on Thursday night. Despite trailing by 18 points in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets managed to rally and secure the victory.
Led by Nikola Jokic, who put up an impressive stat line of 34 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds, the Nuggets showed resilience and determination. With just 26 seconds remaining, Jokic tied the game at 127 with a clutch shot. The stage was then set for his spectacular game-winning buzzer-beater from near the right sideline, a jaw-dropping 40-footer.
The defending champions continue to shine this season, winning 11 of their last 13 games and boasting a six-game winning streak on the road. On the other hand, the Warriors fell short yet again, unable to reach the .500 mark after breaking a three-game losing streak earlier this week.
Aaron Gordon was instrumental in the Nuggets' victory, contributing 30 points to the scoreboard, while Jamal Murray added 25 points. Stephen Curry led the Golden State offense with 30 points, followed by Klay Thompson with 24.
The turning point in the game came during the third quarter when the Warriors pulled away, outscoring the Nuggets by a significant margin of 44-24. This run allowed Golden State to overcome an early double-digit deficit and take a commanding 107-94 lead going into the final quarter. Brandin Podziemski's three corner 3-pointers played a major role in this surge.
During the game, it was evident that the Warriors were missing key players. Draymond Green has been suspended indefinitely for three weeks, and his absence has been felt by the team in several games now. However, there are reports suggesting that Green may return to the team facility in the near future, indicating a possible comeback. On the other hand, Gary Payton II continues to be sidelined with a strained hamstring and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
This thrilling victory for the Nuggets further solidifies their position as a top contender this season. They have proven that no deficit is insurmountable, and their relentless pursuit of victory has been impressive. As the Warriors search for consistency, they must find a way to overcome their recent struggles and get back on track in order to fulfill their championship aspirations.