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Nuggets stop Warriors' 11-game winning streak, 96-81

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn't see much passion from his team Saturday.

Golden State better find some fast for Christmas Day, when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town for a prime-time holiday rematch of the past three NBA Finals.

Gary Harris scored 19 points to lead a balanced Denver offense and the Nuggets stopped the Warriors' 11-game winning streak with a second impressive road victory in two nights, beating Golden State 96-81.

''It didn't feel like we were into it emotionally tonight. Sometimes after a long winning streak, whatever reason, you let your guard down a little bit. It wasn't there,'' Kerr said. ''The biggest concern for me tonight, I didn't see a lot of joy. ... We weren't having much fun.''

Nikola Jokic added 18 points and nine rebounds and Jamal Murray had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Nuggets after their Friday win at Portland. They held the defending NBA champions to a season low for points.

Kevin Durant had 18 points and six rebounds in a particularly poor shooting performance for the typically efficient NBA Finals MVP. He was 6 for 17 and missed all five of his 3-point attempts as the Warriors shot 38.6 percent.

Draymond Green had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds in his second game back after missing five of six with soreness in his right shoulder. He took a sharp elbow to the face from Jokic with 7:27 remaining and went down hard, then was getting X-rays on his left elbow afterward.

Klay Thompson scored 15 for the Warriors but was 6 for 21 overall and 1 of 10 on 3s as Golden State went just 3 for 27 from deep. A night after posting his first career double-double with season bests of 20 points and 10 rebounds, Warriors rookie Jordan Bell contributed seven points and 10 rebounds.

Patrick McCaw's floater with 7:13 to go pulled Golden State to 82-71, but the Warriors couldn't do much more to fight back.

''I can't remember seeing many teams hold that team to 3 of 27 from the 3-point line,'' Denver coach Michael Malone said. ''So it's a hell of a win for us and it's going to make Christmas obviously that much merrier.''

The Warriors were sloppy, lacked a flow on offense, looked a step behind most of the night and never got rolling trying to play catch-up much of the evening. Fans headed for the exits with a few minutes left, a rare sight at Oracle Arena.

''When you're missing shots, you don't let it affect your defense, but this is a feel-good game,'' Durant said. ''You want to make shots, that's what gets us going, that's what gets the crowd going.''

Golden State has regularly relied on big third quarters this season, and Saturday it couldn't even muster a strong fourth after going into the final period down 73-62.

It was also the second night of a back-to-back for the Warriors, who beat the Lakers at home on Friday. They fell behind 53-41 at the break Saturday.

Harris had his second strong game after missing one with a bruised elbow.

The Nuggets had lost five straight on Golden State's home floor dating to a 100-99 win at Oracle on April 10, 2014.

It was an especially slow start for Golden State, which began 6 for 18 - with Durant going 1 for 5 and Thompson missing his initial four shots as the Warriors shot 7 for 21 in the opening quarter.

CURRY UPDATE

Stephen Curry did extensive on-court work during pregame warmups and appeared to be moving well on his sprained right ankle, though the two-time MVP isn't going to play Monday.

''If we weren't playing Cleveland on Christmas and I told you Steph hasn't even played in a 3-on-3 game, hasn't had any contact at all and the game was 48 hours from now, you would say that `Steph's not going to play,' but because it's the magnitude of the game and everybody wants to know, but we can't let that affect our judgment,'' Kerr said. ''He can't play. It would be completely irresponsible if he did.''

Curry has missed seven straight games.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Denver capitalized on the Warriors' mistakes, turning 19 turnovers into 21 points. ... Trey Lyles had 15 points and six boards off the bench.

Warriors: Golden State's 88 points in a 92-88 loss at Boston on Nov. 16 was its previous season low. ... C Zaza Pachulia went through what he called a tough workout Saturday morning to test the soreness below his left shoulder and remained hopeful of playing Monday. ''We'll see,'' Pachulia said. ''I'm going to have another great workout tomorrow.'' He missed his seventh consecutive game and eighth in nine. ... Shaun Livingston sat out his fourth straight game with a sore right knee but got in a solid pregame workout and looked strong running. ... Kerr stuck with his winning starting five from Friday after Golden State used eight different starting lineups over the previous nine games.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.

Warriors: Host the Cavaliers on Christmas in a rematch of the last three NBA Finals.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
K. Durant
35 SF
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
26.6 Pts. Per Game 26.6
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
51.6 Field Goal % 50.3
50.8 Three Point % 50.3
86.3 Free Throw % 88.2
+ 1 Kevon Looney made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:22
+ 1 Kevon Looney made 1st of 2 free throws 0:22
  Personal foul on Torrey Craig 0:22
  Out of bounds turnover on Jamal Murray 0:49
+ 2 JaVale McGee made jump shot, assist by Quinn Cook 0:55
+ 2 Trey Lyles made driving layup, assist by Jamal Murray 1:08
  Out of bounds turnover on Nick Young 1:26
+ 1 Gary Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:39
+ 1 Gary Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 1:39
  Shooting foul on JaVale McGee 1:39
+ 2 Quinn Cook made jump shot, assist by Omri Casspi 2:03
Team Stats
Points 96 81
Field Goals 38-82 (46.3%) 32-83 (38.6%)
3-Pointers 7-28 (25.0%) 3-27 (11.1%)
Free Throws 13-15 (86.7%) 14-17 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 53 47
Offensive 10 11
Defensive 35 27
Team 8 9
Assists 25 25
Steals 10 14
Blocks 4 8
Turnovers 18 17
Fouls 14 14
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
10 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 18-15 2231202396
home team logo Warriors 26-7 2021211981
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 18-15 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Warriors 26-7 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
G. Harris SG 14.8 PPG 1.8 RPG 1.3 APG 50.0 FG%
K. Durant SF 29.0 PPG 7.8 RPG 4.7 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Harris SG 19 PTS 0 REB 3 AST
K. Durant SF 18 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
46.3 FG% 38.6
25.0 3PT FG% 11.1
86.7 FT% 82.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 35 19 0 3 2 1 4 2 6/14 2/6 5/6 0 0 24 +12
N. Jokic 36 18 9 4 1 1 2 0 9/16 0/3 0/0 3 6 35 +17
W. Chandler 33 15 9 1 0 0 0 3 6/13 2/6 1/1 1 8 26 +13
J. Murray 26 14 6 5 2 0 2 2 4/10 2/2 4/5 1 5 30 0
M. Plumlee 24 2 8 2 1 0 6 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 6 9 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Harris 35 19 0 3 2 1 4 2 6/14 2/6 5/6 0 0 24 +12
N. Jokic 36 18 9 4 1 1 2 0 9/16 0/3 0/0 3 6 35 +17
W. Chandler 33 15 9 1 0 0 0 3 6/13 2/6 1/1 1 8 26 +13
J. Murray 26 14 6 5 2 0 2 2 4/10 2/2 4/5 1 5 30 0
M. Plumlee 24 2 8 2 1 0 6 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 6 9 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Lyles 29 15 6 1 1 0 1 1 7/14 1/5 0/0 1 5 23 +11
W. Barton 28 9 5 7 2 2 2 2 3/8 0/4 3/3 1 4 30 +19
M. Beasley 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +3
T. Craig 14 2 2 2 1 0 1 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 1 1 8 +3
J. Hernangomez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Faried - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Mudiay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 96 45 25 10 4 18 14 38/82 7/28 13/15 10 35 187 +75
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 34 18 6 1 2 2 3 0 6/17 0/5 6/7 1 5 27 -13
K. Thompson 34 15 5 4 3 0 3 0 6/21 1/10 2/2 1 4 28 -7
D. Green 33 10 5 6 2 2 2 1 4/10 1/4 1/1 2 3 29 -6
P. McCaw 23 7 2 0 2 0 1 1 3/4 0/1 1/1 0 2 10 -10
J. Bell 22 7 10 2 2 2 4 2 3/5 0/0 1/2 4 6 21 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 34 18 6 1 2 2 3 0 6/17 0/5 6/7 1 5 27 -13
K. Thompson 34 15 5 4 3 0 3 0 6/21 1/10 2/2 1 4 28 -7
D. Green 33 10 5 6 2 2 2 1 4/10 1/4 1/1 2 3 29 -6
P. McCaw 23 7 2 0 2 0 1 1 3/4 0/1 1/1 0 2 10 -10
J. Bell 22 7 10 2 2 2 4 2 3/5 0/0 1/2 4 6 21 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Young 18 5 1 0 1 0 1 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 1 6 -18
O. Casspi 21 5 7 2 0 0 1 3 2/3 0/1 1/2 3 4 15 -1
J. McGee 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 +2
D. West 11 4 0 1 1 0 0 3 2/6 0/0 0/0 0 0 7 -9
K. Looney 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 0 4 -1
Q. Cook 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 +2
A. Iguodala 23 2 2 7 1 2 1 0 1/6 0/2 0/0 0 2 20 -7
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Pachulia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Livingston - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 81 38 25 14 8 17 14 32/83 3/27 14/17 11 27 174 -75