Nuggets lose sixth game in a row

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Montgomery won 26 straight games to
start the season last year at Stanford, so celebrating three
victories in a row seemed like a strange notion for Golden State's
first-year coach.

His players did it for him.

Mickael Pietrus scored a career-high 24 points off the bench and
the Warriors won three straight for the first time this season,
beating the injury-depleted Denver Nuggets 104-101 on Monday night.

"I'm very happy," Pietrus said. "The most important thing for
me is the team and the way we're playing right now."

Jason Richardson added 18 points and seven rebounds for the
Warriors, who hadn't won three in a row since getting seven
straight from March 15-28 last season.

Andre Miller had 21 points and a season-high 14 assists but
missed two free throws in the final minute for the Nuggets, who
extended their season-long losing streak to six games and lost
their eighth in nine. Nene added 19 points and nine rebounds, and
Marcus Camby had 16 points and 12 boards and received a scare when
he landed hard on his wrist on a third-quarter breakaway.

Earl Boykins missed a desperation shot at the buzzer in an
attempt to tie it for Denver, which played without star forward and
leading scorer Carmelo Anthony and forward Kenyon Martin because of

"We're not here for a moral victory," Camby said. "We came
here to get a win. Despite who we did or didn't have out there, the
guys we did have played hard and competed. It's tough not playing
with the two best players on your team, but we've been battling
injuries all season and guys have found a way to step up."

The Warriors rallied in the final period after going cold in the
third and getting outscored 32-22. They hope to put a solid 48
minutes together soon.

"We're real close. We're getting there," Richardson said. "We
want to build a winning streak, and we have the opportunity to
build one."

Richardson's two free throws with 6:25 left pulled the Warriors
within 87-85 and Pietrus gave Golden State the lead the next time
down the floor with a driving layin. Murphy scored at 5:22 and
Richardson had two straight baskets to cap a 15-2 run.

"Games can take a turn very quickly," Nuggets coach Jeff
Bzdelik said. "That's what happens when you don't make shots and
turn the ball over."

Golden State, which led by as many as 14, beat Sacramento on
Sunday to end an 11-game losing streak in Arco Arena.

Cliff Robinson made three 3-pointers in the first half and
finished with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds for Golden
State. Troy Murphy added 16 points and 16 boards, and Derek Fisher
had 15 points.

Anthony missed his fifth straight game, but expects to return
Friday when Denver hosts Philadelphia in its next game. The Nuggets
opted to sit him out another day so Anthony will be assured of
having two good practices on his ankle before Friday's game.

Martin, the team's second-leading scorer, was sidelined as a
precautionary measure because of a mid-back strain on his left
side. He was listed as day to day.

Richardson picked up his second offensive foul with 4:51 left in
the first quarter, then immediately was hit with a technical for
arguing and went to the bench. He didn't return until 5:49 before
halftime. Coach Mike Montgomery spoke before the game about playing
his stars fewer minutes early so they'd be fresh in the fourth

The Nuggets opened the game by making 9 of 16 shots, but Golden
State's second team sparked the Warriors with a 14-6 spurt to start
the second quarter on the way to a 40-32 lead. But Nikoloz
Tskitishvili scored seven straight during a 9-2 run to end the half
and pull Denver within 53-46 at the break.

Game notes
Adonal Foyle's two fourth-quarter blocks moved him past Joe
Barry Carroll for first on the Warriors' career blocks list with
838. "It would be good if it was stopping a dunk, but I'll take
that," Foyle said with a chuckle. ... Tskitishvili finished with
12 points. Coming in, he had scored just 15 in 10 games all season.
... Boykins, who played most of the 2002-03 season in Oakland,
waved to his former fans. "I miss playing here," he said. "I had
a lot of fun here." ... Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis, wearing
a Giants' Willie McCovey jersey, and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott
sat courtside. ... The Warriors drew a season-high 16,819.