Nuggets 102, Warriors 91

Ty Lawson has a reputation for quickness and scoring. He can
play defense, too.

Stephen Curry can attest to that.

Lawson had 18 points and nine assists and his defense on Golden
State’s top scorer was just as valuable in the Denver Nuggets’
102-91 victory over the Warriors on Friday night.

Curry was held to six points in his lowest-scoring game since
early last season.

”I think Ty and him have a little bit of a rivalry,” Nuggets
coach George Karl said. ”Ty’s pressure in the last couple of games
has been getting better. He’s understanding he can be a pest on
that end of the court. He didn’t get any open shots and we picked
him up in transition.”

Curry was in danger of going scoreless for the first time since
his rookie season three years ago. He didn’t score until he hit a
3-pointer with 3:21 left, and he hit another with 1:35 left to cut
Denver’s lead to 10 at 101-91.

”I don’t know. It was a rough one out there for everybody,”
said Curry, who attempted only three shots through most of the game
before hitting his final two. ”I was coming back and forth off the
bench and missed a lot of time in the first half. That’s no excuse.
I have to be more aggressive.”

Lawson pressured Curry from the start, creating an early steal
that led to Danilo Gallinari’s dunk.

”I pressured him as much as I could. I knew if he didn’t have a
good game, it would be tough for them to stay in the game,” Lawson
said. ”It would be difficult for them to stay in the game.”

Andre Iguodala had 29 points – 21 in the second half – and
Gallinari added 20 points for the Nuggets. They have won three
straight.

David Lee led Golden State with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and
Carl Landry had 19 points.

Klay Thompson had 16 points, all in the first half.

Despite Curry’s struggles, Golden State led at half before the
Nuggets took over after the break. The Warriors missed their first
nine shots of the third quarter as Denver went from six down to
ahead 62-53 lead. Iguodala scored nine points to ignite a 17-0 run
that began at the end of the first half.

”We’ve been doing good adjusting out of halftime. The only
negative is we can’t let ourselves get down,” Iguodala said.
”We’ve got to be ready to start off well, take leads in the first
half and try to put them away with those big runs in the third
quarter.”

With Curry scoreless, Landry and Jarrett Jack tried to pick up
the slack. Landry had six straight points to pull Golden State to
66-63, but Lawson led the way as the Nuggets took a 78-70 lead
heading into the fourth.

”We’ve been a second half team the last three games,” Karl
said. ”The first six minutes of the third quarter were tremendous.
Iguodala motivated a lot of that with his defense.”

Denver used a 9-0 run at the 10 minute mark to pull away.
Iguodala scored four points and JaVale McGee had a dunk and a free
throw that made it 91-74 with 7:28 remaining.

”They turned it up a notch and we ran for the hills and didn’t
respond,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. ”We didn’t help the
cause by turning over the basketball and we allowed them transition
points. So they got it going. But we didn’t try to stop it. We
actually helped them keep it going.”

NOTES: Lee has six straight double-doubles and seven in his last
eight games. … Nuggets F Wilson Chandler sat out his fifth
straight game. Chandler is still dealing with issues from offseason
surgery on his left hip. … Iguodala’s career high is 34.