Defense was not the name of the game on Wednesday night when the Denver Nuggets lost to the Golden State Warriors, 116-114. With only seconds left in the game, the Nuggets ran the ball down the court for one final shot, and the ball wound up in Nene's hands to tie the game. He missed, his first off-the-mark shot of the night. Carmelo Anthony threw his headband down at half court in disgust.
Anthony, who admitted before the game that he will think about signing an extension with the Nuggets if he is not traded, scored 29 points. Ty Lawson started in place of Chauncey Billups and finished the night with eight points, seven rebounds and six assists. Nene scored 17 points, pulled down six boards and dished the ball out four times.
Off the bench, All Harrington contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. J.R. Smith turned in a solid night with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 53 percent from the field.
Four of the Warriors starters combined to score 89 of their points. Monta Ellis led that effort with 37 points on 16-of-30 shooting (4-of-7 on threes). Dorrell Wright (23 points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists) and David Lee (16 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists) recorded double-doubles. Reggie Williams had 18 points off the bench.
The Nuggets (30-23, 9-16 away) are losers of their last two contests and 2-5 in their last seven games. They host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. TNT televises the game at 8:30 p.m MT.