Warriors set NBA record for most 1st quarter points in shot clock era vs. Nuggets
The Warriors, led by Kevin Durant, scored a whopping 51 points in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets. It is the most points ever scored in the first quarter of an NBA game in the shot clock era.
Durant scored 17 points in the first quarter to lead the charge:
Via @ESPNStatsInfo: "51 points are the most points any team has scored in the 1st quarter in the shot clock era."
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 16, 2019
The Nuggets entered Tuesday with the best record in the Western Conference standings and fourth-best defense in the NBA. Denver was only giving up 105.5 points per game.
When you’re playing the Warriors, though, it doesn’t matter how good your defense is because Golden State has offensive power at every turn. When Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson catch fire, it’s pretty much lights out for the opponent.
The Warriors are clearly trying to send a message to Denver on Tuesday. Sure, the Nuggets are the best team in the West based off of their record and big man Nikola Jokic is some people’s front runner for the MVP award.
You can tell that Golden State is a little irked that the Nuggets are getting all of this attention, so the Dubs decided to hang a 51-point spot in the first quarter in the Mile High City.