Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Wednesday, December 3rd
Game 2: Friday, December 5th
Game 3: Sunday, December 28th
Game 4: Friday, February 6th

Warriors 91

(8-9, 1-5 away)

Nuggets 98


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, December 5, 2003

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 18 17 30 2691
    DEN 28 22 21 2798

    Top Performers

    GS: M. Dunleavy 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast

    Den: C. Anthony 28 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Anthony scores 28

    DENVER -- Jeff Bzdelik doesn't want Denver making too much of its impressive start even with the first-place Nuggets having their first six-game winning streak in almost 13 years.

    "It's a bunch of guys trying to play one game at a time as hard we can," Bzdelik said. "It's not always pretty, but it's fighting and scrapping every time we hit the court."

    Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and Voshon Lenard added 18 points to lead Denver over the Golden State Warriors 98-91 Friday night.

    The Nuggets (13-6) have won seven straight at home, nine of 11 overall and are off to their best start since 1989-90. They extended their Midwest Division lead to 1½ games over idle Dallas.

    Mike Dunleavy had 19 points for Golden State, which lost back-to-back games to the Nuggets after beating them four straight.

    "They came at us, holding and grabbing," Anthony said. "Doing whatever they could to win the game, but we won."

    Former Nugget Nick Van Exel was booed whenever he touched the ball and finished with 15 points.

    "I think they still like me," Van Exel said. "That is the only reason they still boo me. That has to be it."

    "If it wasn't for me, they wouldn't be 13-6 right now. They ought to be thanking me. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out."

    Cliff Robinson gave the Warriors their last lead, 88-87, on a 3-pointer with 2:31 remaining, but the Nuggets regained the lead on two free throws by Andre Miller. Anthony extended the lead to 91-88 with two more free throws.

    The Warriors managed only a basket by Jason Richardson and a free throw by Robinson the rest of the way. The Nuggets, who last won six straight in January, 1991, sealed the win with two free throws each by Lenard and Anthony in the last 24 seconds.

    "They made a run and we made a run," Anthony said. "The difference was we hit our free throws and kept our composure."

    The Nuggets had a fast start, shooting 7-of-10 and getting nine points from Anthony to lead 28-18. Van Exel hit his first four shots and the crowd roared when he was 1-for-4 the rest of the quarter.

    When Robinson completed a 7-0 run with a jump hook, the Warriors were within 30-27. Anthony's 3-pointer keyed an 11-0 run, and he closed the scoring in the half with a thunderous dunk as the Nuggets held a 50-35 lead at the break.

    Dunleavy brought the Warriors to 71-65 with 13 points in the third quarter after Denver led by as many as 14.

    "We had a good effort in the second half, the guys just didn't quit," Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. "Falling behind by 10 in the first quarter and giving up 28 points is too much to overcome against a good basketball team."<

    Game notes

    Van Exel made his seventh start for Golden State. ... Referee Marc Davis ejected Musselman 45 seconds into the third quarter. ... Denver's Chris Andersen landed on his head twice after being undercut by Dunleavy in the second quarter. ... Marcus Camby started for Denver after missing two games with a strained groin. ... Denver's Jon Barry has hit 23 straight free throws. He was 2-for-2 against the Warriors.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 98
    FGM-FGA 36-83 (.434) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 9-21 (.429) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 10-21 (.476) 25-32 (.781)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-44 10-46
    Assists 25 29
    Turnovers 12 9
    Steals 2 4
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (3/0) 19 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy
    Points: 19
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Carmelo Anthony Anthony
    Points: 28
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1