Thursday , Dec , 04 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Golden State Warriors Team Report – December 4

=== Golden State Warriors Team Report – December 4 ===

(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors were defeated by the Denver
Nuggets, 117-109, Wednesday at the Arena.

Speedy Claxton led six Warriors in double-figures with 21 points. Nick Van
Exel had 19 points and eight assists and Jason Richardson finished with 17
points.

Erick Dampier had a game-high 18 rebounds to go along with 16 points for
Golden State, which had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Denver led 87-85 after three periods, and the teams stayed close until the
latter stages of the fourth. Voshon Lenard scored five straight points to give
the Nuggets a 106-100 lead with less than four minutes to go, but the Warriors
pulled within two at 106-104 on baskets by Dampier and Sean Lampley with three
minutes left.

Carmelo Anthony then knocked down two free throws, but Lampley responded with
another basket for the Warriors. Anthony scored again to make it 110-106 with
two minutes left, but this time Van Exel dropped a bucket to pull within two.

Then, Anthony made a move into the lane and made a basket while being fouled,
and converted the three-point play. At the other end, Richardson missed from
the field and Lampley missed two free throws to set up the winning shot, a
three-pointer by Lenard that gave the Nuggets a 116-108 lead with 45 seconds
to go.

Each team added a free throw down the stretch for the final score.

The Warriors are off until Friday when they visit the Nuggets.

GS