Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Tuesday, December 1st
Warriors107Final
Nuggets135
Game 2: Tuesday, January 5th
Warriors122Final
Nuggets123
Game 3: Wednesday, January 20th
Nuggets123Final
OT
Warriors118
Game 4: Thursday, February 25th
Nuggets127Final
Warriors112

Warriors 122

(9-24, 3-17 away)

Nuggets 123

(22-13, 14-3 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    9:00 PM ET, January 5, 2010

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 30 32 34 26122
    DEN 28 37 33 25123

    Top Performers

    Golden State: C. Maggette 35 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Denver: K. Martin 27 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Stl

    Smith's FTs at :0.4 send Warriors to 8th straight road loss

    Associated Press

    DENVER -- With the Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis right on him, J.R. Smith launched a 3-pointer from about 40 feet away just before the buzzer sounded and missed badly.

    A dejected Smith, thinking the game was over and the Denver Nuggets were on the short end, began walking off the court. Then, he caught sight of an official signaling he had been fouled by Ellis.

    Fast Facts

    • Monta Ellis fouled J.R. Smith on a 3-point attempt with 0.4 seconds left and the Warriors up 1. Smith made two free throws to win the game.

    • Kenyon Martin led the Nuggets with 27 points and 13 rebounds. It was Martin's ninth double-double on the season.

    • Corey Maggette had a season-high 35 points in the loss for the Warriors.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "I didn't think they were going to call it but I saw the ref with his hand up, and I am thankful that he did call it," Smith said.

    One of four Nuggets to finish with at least 20 points, Smith hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Nuggets to a 123-122 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

    The officials ruled Ellis made contact with Smith as he was throwing up the desperation 3-pointer an instant after taking an inbounds pass from Kenyon Martin.

    Ellis, who had 32 points, including a 10-foot turnaround jumper with 15.2 seconds remaining to give Golden State its last lead, declined to comment on the foul call.

    Warriors coach Don Nelson wouldn't comment directly on the call but said his squad lost a game they deserved to win.

    "You lose at the buzzer, it's tough," he said. "Bad teams just don't get breaks. Let's face it, you just don't get breaks. That was our game. We played our hearts out, and I can't ask any more than what my team gave me."

    Martin had a season-high 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Nuggets, who were without injured stars Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Andersen. They also lost Ty Lawson to an ankle injury during the game, and after the game, team officials said Nene had aggravated a sprained ankle during the fourth quarter. The availability of Lawson and Nene was described by the team as "day to day."

    "I thought we fought really hard to win the game and fortunately we did," Denver coach George Karl said. "With all the guys we have banged up, we can remember this win and the Utah win [last week] very highly in the future. You don't always win the right way or perfectly."

    Corey Maggette scored a season-high 35 points to lead Golden State, which lost its eighth straight on the road. Stephen Curry added 26 points for the Warriors.

    Down by two entering the final period, the Warriors had an 11-0 run that put them up 113-109 with 4:10 remaining.

    Smith connected on an 18-foot jumper to give Denver a 109-102 lead but Maggette hit a pair of free throws, Ellis drove in for successive layups and Curry hit a 3-pointer. Trying to break up the Warriors' string, the Nuggets' Lawson drove to the net but couldn't get a shot away in a traffic and dumped the ball off behind his back, falling hard on his left ankle. He limped off the court to the locker room and the team said he sprained his left ankle and would not return.

    The Warriors picked up the loose ball and started a fastbreak that Maggette finished with a layup for a 113-109 advantage.

    With 1:51 remaining, the Warriors led 120-115 but the Nuggets scored the next six points, going in front 121-120 when Martin rebounded a missed shot by Joey Graham and put it in. Ellis countered with his jumper seconds later to give the Warriors their final lead.

    Graham missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds and a scramble for the ball led to a jump ball won by Arron Afflalo, who got it to Smith. The Nuggets called a timeout with 1.4 seconds left before getting the ball in to Smith. Officials reviewed the call and determined Ellis fouled him with 0.4 seconds remaining. Smith hit the first two throws, missing his final attempt.

    "It was wild," Martin said of the game's final moments. "I'm glad I was on that end of it, not the other."

    Coming through at the free-throw line with the game hanging in the balance also provided a long-awaited redemption for Smith.

    "I was a rookie and we were playing New Jersey and I missed a free throw at home and we lost," said Smith, who broke in with New Orleans five years ago. "I've been thinking about it ever since. Now I can put it behind me."

    Game notes


    Billups (groin) has missed eight of the Nuggets' last nine games, while Anthony (knee bruise) missed a third straight and Andersen (ankle) missed his second in a row. ... Maggette scored at least 20 points for the 10th time in 11 games. ... The Warriors' Ronny Turiaf limped off the court with 7:19 remaining in the third quarter after coming down awkwardly on his right ankle while going for a rebound. He returned in the fourth quarter.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    DEN
    Points 122 123
    FGM-FGA 47-85 (.553) 46-90 (.511)
    3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 20-23 (.870) 25-31 (.806)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-34 19-46
    Assists 22 22
    Turnovers 16 18
    Steals 10 7
    Blocks 6 3
    Fast Break Points 24 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 10

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Denver
    Corey Maggette Maggette
    Points: 35
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 27
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0