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Denver Nuggets beat defending champion Golden State Warriors to complete back-to-back road sweep – The Denver Post

OAKLAND, Calif. — Standing outside the visitors’ locker room Saturday afternoon, Nuggets coach Michael Malone proclaimed that no one was giving his team a chance to beat the defending champion Golden State Warriors on their home floor on the second night of a back-to-back set.

But the Nuggets will head into Christmas by finishing off a road sweep in two of the NBA’s rowdiest venues in less than 24 hours.

Denver clamped down on the normally lethal Warriors from downtown and answered any mini-charge by the defending champions to clinch a 96-81 victory at Oracle Arena.

The Nuggets’ win snapped an 11-game winning streak for Golden State, which played Saturday without sharpshooting superstar Stephen Curry, starting big man Zaza Pachulia and reserve guard Shaun Livingston because of injuries. Denver (18-15) improved its road record to 7-12.

Denver limited the Warriors, who entered Saturday leading the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage, to 3-of-27 from deep in the Warriors’ lowest scoring output of the season. The Nuggets also held the edge in rebounds (45 to 38) while forcing 19 turnovers that they turned into 21 points.

The Nuggets led by as many as 14 points in the first half, spearheaded by an 11-0 second-quarter run in which Gary Harris scored seven of his game-high 19 points. Then they withstood any Warriors spurt that sent the home crowd into temporary roars.

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