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Warriors Score NBA-Record 51 Points in First Quarter vs. Nuggets

Warriors Score NBA-Record 51 Points in First Quarter vs. Nuggets

The 51 points was the most ever scored by a team in the first quarter of an National Basketball Association game in the shot clock era.

By the end of the match, the two teams switched places in the West team standings with the Warriors claiming the top seed with a 30-14 record and the Nuggets just behind them at 29-14. The Nuggets have won 12 straight games at home coming into tonight.

The edge of the Warriors has looked considerably sharper ever since, and that was enough for them to leave the Nuggets in a heap in their own house.

At the final buzzer the Warriors had shot 60 per-cent from the floor, including 53.8 per-cent from three-point range.

"So they are more than capable of getting going".

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Golden State held that same 17-point lead for most of the quarter before a Barton three at the 2:38 mark of the period cut Denver's deficit down to 15 points. However, the Warriors scored the last seven points of the first half to lead 79-60.

Here's how one of the most memorable plays from the Nuggets' season went down.

At the half, Murray led the Nuggets offensively with 21 points on an efficient 8-of-14 shooting from the field, 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. All-Stars Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined to score 42 of the team's 51 points and sank all 10 of the team's 3-pointers on 13 combined attempts. But sometimes there's just not a lot you can do when you're up against a juggernaut like Golden State. Through three quarters, Curry had 31 points as the Warriors as a team were a scorching 19-of-34 from three-point range. The Nuggets second unit battled for the final six minutes of play, but Golden State's play was just too much to overcome as the Warriors walked away with a 142-111 victory. Offensively, Denver is putting up 110.4 points per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field.

The Warriors hit 10 3-pointers in the first period to set a franchise record and finished 21 of 39 from long distance. All-Star hopeful Nikola Jokic finished the night with 17 points to go along with eight assists and four rebounds. Steph Curry is leading the team with 29.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game while Kevin Durant is adding 28.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per contest.