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Nuggets rally to beat short-handed Warriors

Mar 14, 2015 - 5:28 AM Denver, CO ( - Randy Foye scored 11 of his 20 points in the final quarter and had eight assists to rally the Denver Nuggets to a 114-103 win over the short-handed Golden State Warriors.

Kenneth Faried added 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Nuggets, who ended the contest on a 20-4 run. Danilo Gallinari also scored 24, while Jameer Nelson chipped in 17 points and seven assists in Denver's third straight win.

Justin Holiday had a career-high 23 points for the Warriors, who rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala.

The NBA-leading Warriors were also without forward Marreese Speights, who was suspended one game after he pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge in Florida.

"Steph and Klay were tired, and we have Bogs and Andre on a routine to give them a night off once in a while. Tonight seemed like the right night," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Holiday's 3-pointer moved the Warriors to a 99-94 edge with 5:19 remaining, but Foye put the Nuggets on his back by scoring 11 points the rest of the way. His 3-pointer tied the game at 99 before Nelson hit a jumper for a 101-99 edge with 3:41 to go.

An offensive foul on James Michael McAdoo led to a dunk from Wilson Chandler at the other end, but Shaun Livingston's jam had the visitors within 103-101 with 2:59 left.

Foye responded with a 3-ball to start a game-sealing 8-0 burst.

"Guys wanted to win this game," Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt said. "They were excited about it and they were a little disappointed in themselves we played so poorly in the third. We were going to come out and make sure we left everything on the floor."

McAdoo had a career-best 16 points for the Warriors, who had a five-game winning streak broken.

Faried had 10 points in the opening quarter to help the hosts to a 34-26 lead after 12 minutes. Nelson hit a pair of 3-pointers in the closing minute of the first half, as the Nuggets maintained the eight-point lead (62-54) at the break.

Golden State trailed by as many as 12 in the third, but netted the final seven of the period to grab an 83-82 edge moving to the fourth.

Game Notes

Golden State has won just three of the last 13 contests at Pepsi Center ... Denver held a 52-35 rebounding edge ... Leandro Barbosa scored 14 for the Warriors.