The Golden State Warriors suffered their first loss of the season against the Denver Nuggets




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Despite Steph Curry’s 34 points, the Golden State Warriors suffered their first loss of the season on Friday against the Denver Nuggets, falling 125-123 to the team that was eliminated in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. April.

Curry added five rebounds and four assists to his 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting, but couldn’t lead his team to victory in San Francisco.

The defending champs followed last season’s MVP Nikola Jokic’s impressive performance with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 77th career triple-double.

With the latter, Jokic now has the second-most triple-doubles in NBA history, trailing only Wilt Chamberlain with 78.

The first quarter continued well, but Denver pulled away in the second and built a 20-point lead early in the third.

“I thought they came out with more energy than we did and set the tone,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr, of the NBA, said.

“And at that moment, it’s tough, I liked playing against a great team and the effort we made in the second half. I thought our guys competed and gave ourselves a chance and it was too much to overcome after falling behind by 20.

The Warriors battled back in the fourth and a Jordan Poole layup with 14.7 seconds left pulled Golden State within one point.

But immediately, with the Warriors still returning in transition, Jokic secured the rebound and lofted the ball 85 yards down the court for Bruce Brown to hit a two-footer.

Jokic’s two free throws with 6.6 seconds left put Denver up by three points and sealed the win.

“To be honest, we have been together for eight years [nothing surprises me]”, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, according to ESPN.

“So many great games, so many moments when [Jokic has] he made a big play, the right play and kind of a game changer. … His IQ is off the charts. He is outside playing chess, and many other boys are playing checkers.’

Morant dunks the ball against the Houston Rockets.

In the Western Conference, Ja Morant dazzled, scoring 49 points as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 129-122.

In the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets held on for a 109-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors after nearly letting a 12-point lead slip away in the fourth after the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 108-98.