Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Monday, December 26th
Nuggets118Final
Warriors112
Game 2: Monday, February 6th
Nuggets114Final
Warriors122
Game 3: Saturday, April 8th
Warriors92Final
Nuggets95

Nuggets 118

(14-14, 5-10 away)

Warriors 112

(14-14, 8-7 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 26, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 44 21 19 34118
    GS 37 29 17 29112

    Top Performers

    Denver: A. Miller 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    Golden State: J. Richardson 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    'Melo, Camby power Nuggets past Warriors in Oakland

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Earl Boykins calls the fourth quarter the easiest time to play, and he made it look that way on Monday night.

    Boykins scored 12 of his 16 points in the final period, including nine in a row, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Golden State Warriors 118-112.

    "It's money time," Boykins said. "There are fewer possessions and I haven't done anything for two weeks. I struggled in the first half because I was a little overaggressive. I relaxed in the second half and was able to hit some shots."

    Carmelo Anthony added 28 points, Marcus Camby had 18 points and 15 rebounds for his 19th double-double, and Andre Miller scored 21 points to go with 11 assists as the Nuggets won their second straight.

    "It was an up-and-down game there for a while," Anthony said. "They took a lot of 3s and they hit a lot of 3s. But that also means long rebounds and we were able to get our transition game going."

    Jason Richardson had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who dropped their fourth straight at home and season-high fifth in a row overall. Mike Dunleavy had 24 points and Troy Murphy scored 17 of his 21 in the first half. Baron Davis had 16 points and 11 assists.

    "We're having a really hard time defending people right now," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "You can't give up 60 percent. You can't give up second shots. We're just making too many mistakes."

    Boykins, a former Warriors player, returned to the lineup after missing six games with a left hamstring strain. He scored on four consecutive possessions, including a 3-pointer, during a two-minute span early in the fourth quarter to put Denver up 96-86 with 8:43 remaining.

    "The first time I saw Earl be a force in the fourth quarter was when he was with the Warriors a few years back," Denver coach George Karl said. "I thought I'd rest some players and put in the little guys. It worked out."

    The teams combined for 81 first-quarter points, most in the NBA this season. The Nuggets scored an NBA-best 44 points in the quarter, while the Warriors' 37 points were their most in any quarter since a 39-point effort in the third quarter of their opening game against Atlanta.

    "This is a game that's hard to believe you lost," said Warriors rookie Ike Diogu, who scored 12 points. "It was a must-win for us and we didn't get it done."

    The teams combined to shoot 71.5 percent (30-for-42) in the first quarter.

    "It was fun," Miller said. "We wanted to keep the tempo up. We had enough energy to score 44 points and that carried us for a couple of quarters."

    The game was also meaningful in a different way for Nuggets guard Earl Watson, who added 10 points and six assists. He lived with Davis in Los Angeles before attending UCLA.

    "I'm very close with him. His grandmother is like my grandmother," Watson said. "They took me in. It's always competitive during the game. We save the fun for after."

    The Warriors made their first nine 3-pointers en route to a 66-65 halftime lead. Derek Fisher missed a 24-footer from the corner with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.

    The 131 combined first-half points were the second-most in the NBA this season behind the 133 scored by the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks 11 days ago in Atlanta.

    Watson hit a driving layup in the final seconds to give the Nuggets an 84-83 advantage headed into the final quarter.

    Game notes


    Karl was 58-88 coaching the Warriors in 1986-88 and was one of just two coaches (with Don Nelson) to lead the Warriors to a playoff berth since 1976-77. ... The Warriors have been outscored in the first quarter in 13 of their last 16 games. ... Anthony scored 20 or more points for the 12th straight game, and is averaging 28.2 for the month. ... Golden State hasn't allowed more than 44 points since the Dallas Mavericks scored 46 in the fourth quarter on March 13, 1995. ... Camby has 10 or more rebounds in 21 of the 24 games in which he's played.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    GS
    Points 118 112
    FGM-FGA 47-78 (.603) 41-85 (.482)
    3PM-3PA 7-17 (.412) 11-19 (.579)
    FTM-FTA 17-23 (.739) 19-27 (.704)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 11-34
    Assists 28 24
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 7 2
    Fast Break Points 28 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/1) 21 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 16 6

    Top Performers

    Denver
    Golden State
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 21
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 26
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0