Warriors ride record first quarter to rout of Nuggets

The Athletic Denver Podcast On the incredible surge of Nuggets center Nikola Jokic

The Athletic Denver Podcast On the incredible surge of Nuggets center Nikola Jokic

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 31 points apiece, Kevin Durant had 27, and the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors routed the host Denver Nuggets 142-111 on Tuesday night.

Not only were their 51 first-quarter points an National Basketball Association record, but the 10 three-pointers they made in the opening period set a franchise record for field goals from beyond the arc in a quarter. They rank second in scoring (117.4 ppg), first in FG percentage (48.6), fourth in 3-point percentage (38.5) and first in free-throw percentage (82.4).

Kevin Durant sizzled early, firing a flawless 7-of-7 for 17 points and 5 assists in the 1st quarter on the way to finishing with 27 points on top of 4 rebounds and 6 assists. With the win, Denver improved to 29-13 overall and 18-3 at home where they are now riding a 12-game win streak. The Nuggets are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record but a healthy 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team above.600. "The game just happened".

At the final buzzer the Warriors had shot 60 per-cent from the floor, including 53.8 per-cent from three-point range.

Denver takes the floor again Thursday night when it hosts Chicago while the Warriors return home to host the Pelicans in a playoff rematch Wednesday. Warriors forward Draymond Green. "Felt better than hitting 10 3s, to be honest".

The Warriors came out of the gates firing, shooting a red-hot 19-for-25 (76 percent) from the field and 10-for-14 from 3-point range in the first 12 minutes.

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors weren't trying to send any sort of message or make any kind of statement against a team they were chasing in the Western Conference.

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Warriors are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Nuggets.

Klay Thompson added a game-high tying 31 points, his eighth 30-plus point game of the season ... Additionally, Durant made five three-point field goals (5-7 3FG) and is now tied with Mike Bibby (1,517) for 29th on the NBA's all-time list.

They now lead the West by half a game from the Nuggets, leaving head coach Kerr to revel in an utterly stunning start to the contest.

It was the 10th time this season that Curry, Durant and Thompson have each scored at least 20 points in the same game (8-2 record) ... The public betting for this game now has 75 percent going on the Warriors as the road favorite.

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