Nuggets Hand Warriors 3rd Straight Loss
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The Honeymoon is coming to a crashing end. The Warriors new owners are witnessing the sobering truth: this team has many flaws.
Carmelo Anthony, Chris Andersen (The Birdman) and the visiting Denver Nuggets thumped the Warriors 106-89 on Monday night.
It was the 3rd straight loss for the Warriors -- dropping their record to 7-7.
scored a season-high 39 points and was a perfect 17-for-17 from the free throw line.
As a team, the Nuggets went 22-for-24 at the line, compared to 12-for-21 for the Warriors.
"When he's playing aggressive like that, it just draws a lot of attention to him," said teammate Arron Afflalo
, who had 14 points and five assists. "It opens up the floor for the other players. So when [defenses] start collapsing in fear of him driving or shooting, there's opportunity for the rest of the players."
scored 20 points to lead Golden State, which lost for only the second time in seven home games this season.
, the Warriors' leader in points and minutes played, left Sunday's loss to the Lakers with a hip injury that might have affected his shooting. Ellis was only 7-of-22 from the floor, including 2-of-8 from 3-point range.
"We were missing layups; the ball was going in and out," Ellis said. "The only thing we can do now is stay focused and stay together."