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Golden State Warriors Warriors Win in First Game With Dub Nation Back at Chase Center

Golden State Warriors Warriors Win in First Game With Dub Nation Back at Chase Center

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Sat, 24 Apr 2021 06:00:00 -0700

It was a dramatic night, too, as the Warriors watched the fourth place Denver Nuggets make a comeback attempt early in the fourth quarter, but Stephen Curry led a 

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It wasn’t Opening Night, but the atmosphere had that kind of feel as the Warriors played a game at Chase Center in front of fans for the first time in 409 days.

It was a dramatic night, too, as the Warriors watched the fourth place Denver Nuggets make a comeback attempt early in the fourth quarter, but Stephen Curry led a 10-2 run once he re-entered the game to hold-off the Nuggets and claim a 118-97 victory.

A Jordan Poole buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter capped off a Dubs 19-9 run to close the frame, giving them a 12-point lead. But during the critical first half of the fourth quarter, the time when Curry typically rests on the bench, the Nuggets began to make their move.

Veteran guard Austin Rivers found his way to the bucket for a layup, then back-to-back 3-pointers from the sophomore Michael Porter Jr. generated a 8-0 run, bringing Denver to within seven points of the Dubs.

But when Curry hit the hardwood, the Warriors took control of the game once again.

The chaos created with Curry on the floor allowed Juan Toscano-Anderson, playing in his first game back after going through the NBA’s concussion protocols, to splash a trey. From there, Curry scored 13 of the next 15 Warriors points to cap off a 32-point night.

While Curry provided the splashes, Draymond Green brought the dimes. The Dubs’ forward tied his career-high with 19 assists on Friday. This was the second time reaching that figure after setting his career mark Feb. 26 against the Charlotte Hornets.

DISHIN'@Money23Green dropped NINETEEN dimes tonight on #WarriorsGround pic.twitter.com/SUVb5laKql

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 24, 2021

DISHIN'@Money23Green dropped NINETEEN dimes tonight on #WarriorsGround pic.twitter.com/SUVb5laKql

Also providing some firepower on offense were Kansas Jayhawks Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins: each added three treys en route to respective 23- and 19-point outings.

The team suits up once again on Sunday when they return to the home hardwood to host the Sacramento Kings (7 p.m., NBCSBA).

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Sat, 24 Apr 2021 06:00:00 -0700

Golden State Warriors superstar had a minor injury scare in the first quarter of their 118-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night

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Golden State Warriors superstar had a minor injury scare in the first quarter of their 118-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Curry, who looked to have some discomfort in his right foot, revealed that the injury wasn’t as noteworthy as the ankle twist he suffered against the Boston Celtics earlier this week.

Via Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

Steph Curry on his right foot/ankle issue tonight: “Hopefully it'll be good by Sunday. It's not as prominent as the (ankle twist) in Boston.”

— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 24, 2021

The 2-time MVP seemed to have tweaked his right foot or ankle twice during the first period. This forced Steve Kerr’s hand to sub him out just about three minutes into the game. Curry went to the locker room to have his foot checked out and perhaps have his ankle braces and shoes tightened.

He eventually re-emerged from the dugout and came back to the contest with around four minutes left in the period, before he felt another tweak. Nevertheless, despite this, Curry still played through the pain while moving gingerly for the rest of the quarter.

It took Curry until the 10 minute mark of the second quarter to score his first field goal. As the game went on, the foot issue seemed to become less bothersome for the 3-time NBA champion. He even changed shoes midway through the game.

In the end, despite the injury scare and the slow start, Curry still finished the game with 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting, to go along with four triples, eight rebounds, and three assists.

The Warriors welcomed fans at Chase Center for the first time season. There were probably a lot of concerned faces when Curry left the floor and went back in the locker room. Thankfully, Curry was able to, not just return, but also put on a show for the fans to lead the Warriors to their second win over the Nuggets this week. Hopefully, this doesn’t turn into a major issue for Curry moving forward.

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– April 24, 2021