DENVER (AP) — Eric Paschall scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Andrew Wiggins turned in a double-double and the Golden State Warriors rallied to stun the Denver Nuggets 116-100 on Tuesday night.
A 16-point underdog, the Warriors were down 77-65 with 5:08 left in the third quarter. They went on a 43-15 run to take control and win for just the second time in 11 games.
“It was beautiful to watch,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “These guys have gotten so much better and it was great to see them rewarded for their efforts.”
Wiggins finished with 22 points and 10 assists for the Warriors. Dragan Bender scored 14 on the last day of his 10-day contract.
“We played great as a group,” Paschall said. “We did all the right things and we were aggressive on what we needed to do.”
Will Barton and Paul Millsap each had 18 points as the Nuggets fell behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the second seed in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic scored 16 points and had 13 rebounds in a perplexing loss on the heels of beating the defending champion Toronto Raptors.
Denver coach Michael Malone warned his team not to overlook the 14-48 Warriors, who took the Nuggets to overtime on January 16 in San Francisco before losing. It was another head-scratching home loss for the Nuggets, who’ve also dropped games to Atlanta and Cleveland.
“Whether we let our foot off (the gas) or thought they were just going to go away, I’m not really sure,” Malone said. “Our defence right now is non-existent from top to bottom. We have to find a way to fix that in a hurry.”
Jordan Poole hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the third quarter to give Golden State the lead and the team carried the momentum into the fourth.