Stephen Curry amazes again, Warriors dominate in Denver: Takeaways

The Golden State Warriors destroyed the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, improving to a cool 7-2 on the season with a 125-101 win at the Pepsi Center. Stephen Curry put on a show, particularly in the third quarter, finishing with 33 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 30 minutes, shooting 10-for-17 and 7-for-13 from behind the arc.


Curry is on a roll: Since missing all 10 of his 3-point attempts against the Los Angeles Lakers last Saturday, Curry is shooting 34-for-55 from the field and 24-for-38 from 3-point range. That’s absurd, even for him, and it’s safe to say he has hit his stride this season.

The Warriors’ competition hasn’t been great lately, but it’s worth noting that they’re starting to look more like they did last season. Curry’s scoring explosions are part of that, as is the sight of him sitting on the bench for the entire fourth quarter and still finishing with a crazy stat line. Also, this kind of highlight felt familiar:

Do you feel bad for Jamal Murray? I kind of do. He’s going to have a bunch of “welcome to the league” messages waiting for him when he checks Twitter, and this wasn’t really his fault. He actually did a pretty good job staying with Curry, but still wound up looking foolish. This is just what Curry does to people.

Also, if you were concerned at all about Curry tweaking his ankle in Dallas on Wednesday, it appears you can relax. There were no signs that he was limited here.

Stephen Curry shoots in Denver

You can’t let Stephen Curry get loose. USATSI

A new center emerges: For those who have been calling for Golden State coach Steve Kerr to give JaVale McGee a chance, this was some kind of validation. McGee entered the game in the first quarter and the Warriors immediately went on an 11-0 run, with his teammates clearly looking to get him the ball around the basket. Here he is knocking Kenneth Faried out of his way and dunking all over Nikola Jokic:

This was easily McGee’s best game as a Warrior. He finished with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting, with three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one turnover in 15 minutes against his former team.

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