The Golden State Warriors returned home Saturday night and beat the visiting Denver Nuggets by a score of 112-97. This game could be viewed as a setback for both teams, due to the fact that the Nuggets are in the playoff hunt, and the Warriors are vying for a top 7 draft pick.
The Warriors had a fantastic all around team effort as seven players scored in double digits, and three of them were off the bench. Brandon Rush led all Warriors' players with 20 points, hitting 4-6 three pointers. Nate Robinson and Richard Jefferson also had nice bench performances, scoring 14 and 10 points respectively. The starters were led by David Lee with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Klay Thompson with 15 points.
Charles Jenkins of the Warriors seems to have figured out how to change gears when needed. He has shown the ability to take his defender off the dribble and get to the basket with ease like he did against the Timberwolves three games ago when he scored 19 points. As of the past two games, he has taken on the responsibility as the main facilitator, dishing out seven assists the night before against the Jazz, and eight assists in this game. Having a multi-dimensional player such as Jenkins at point guard opens up opportunities for other players to play to their strong suits.
The two teams face off again tonight as this time the Warriors travel to the Pepsi Center to play. Quality bench play was a high point earlier in the season for the Warriors, and it looks as if that may be coming back. With how well the bench did on Saturday against this Nuggets team, look for coach Mark Jackson to keep a solid rotation of role players in to keep Denver backpedaling and not ready for what the Warriors are throwing at them.
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