Manimal’s Monster Game Carries Nuggets
DENVER — Stephen Curry did a little dancing during timeouts. A little cheering, too. The cameras even caught him designing a play on a marker board.
About the only thing Curry didn’t do was attempt a jumper, which was just fine with the Denver Nuggets.
Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 17 rebounds, Randy Foye hit three crucial 3-pointers down the stretch and the Nuggets rallied to beat short-handed Golden State 114-103 on Friday night as the Warriors rested several of their top players, including Curry.
Faried didn’t take any offense to the Warriors holding out players.
“They’re going to do what they need to in order to keep their players fresh to make a long playoff run,” Faried said. “I think it’s smart on their part and respect them for it.
“At the same time, we all wanted to play against them. It’s a win-lose situation.”
Lately, the Nuggets have been doing far more winning than losing in what’s been a trying season. They pulled off an impressive double this week — beating Atlanta, the Eastern Conference leader, on Wednesday and now the Warriors, who are on top in the Western Conference. Denver also improved to 5-2 since interim coach Melvin Hunt took over for Brian Shaw.
“He’s a great coach,” Faried said of Hunt. “He keeps everybody confident and wanting to play basketball and not wanting to give up on the season. He wants us to go out there and play basketball and have fun.”
Golden State coach Steve Kerr gave Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bogut the night off because the team plays Saturday at home. In addition, center Marreese Speights served a one-game suspension for pleading no contest to reckless driving.
Justin Holiday led the makeshift Golden State lineup with a career-high 23 points and James Michael McAdoo contributed 16.
“Overall, it was a terrific effort,” Kerr said. “Just kind of ran out of gas.”
The Nuggets led most of the way until Golden State’s cast rallied back. The Warriors took their first lead of the game on a dunk by McAdoo with 29 … – Click Here To Visit Article Source