The Denver Nuggets won their 50th game of the season for the fourth straight year following their 134-11 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Nine of the 10 Nuggets who played in the game scored in double digits, helping the team to a 53.2 field goal percentage.
J.R. Smith led the Nuggets with 22 points, though fellow reserve Chris Andersen finished with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. He blocked four shots and stole the ball twice, as well. Ty Lawson, who made 10 three-pointers in Saturday's game, hit only one tonight, but he did score 14 points, dish out the ball for nine assists and pull down six rebounds. Fellow point guard Raymond Felton outdid Lawson with a 15-point, 10-assist night.
Sparingly-used Kosta Koufos put up a season-high 18 points and fell one rebound short of a double-double with nine on the night. Melvin Ely was the only player not to score in double digits, actually scoring zero points because he played only two minutes.
The Warriors weren't able to overcome the powerful Nuggets offense despite 27 points each from Stephen Curry and Dorrell Wright. They were outrebounded, 49-37, and made just 21 trips to the free throw line (Denver made 24-of-35 free throw attempts).
The Nuggets (50-31, 33-8 home) have clinched the No. 5 spot in the Western Conference playoffs and play their last game of the regular season on Wednesday in a road game against the Utah Jazz.