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Curry scores 53 as Warriors beat Nuggets 116-107

Stephen Curry scored 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the most in Warriors franchise history as Golden State beat the Denver Nuggets 116-107 on Monday night.

Draymond Green had 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Kent Bazemore added 14 for the Warriors.

Nikola Jokić led the Nuggets with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Michael Porter Jr. added 24 points and nine rebounds.

Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, left, pours water onto guard Stephen Curry (30) after the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)

Jamal Murray scored 17 points before injuring his left knee in the final minute of the game. He was helped off the court and did not return.

Curry scored 21 points in the first quarter, giving him 17,786 in his career. That passed Chamberlain’s 17,783 with the franchise, a record he’d held since 1964.

Curry shot 14 of 24 from the field, making 10 of 18 3-pointers. The two-time league MVP added six rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes. It marked his seventh straight game scoring at least 30 points, the longest streak by a Warrior since Rick Barry during the 1966-67 season.

Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, left, pours water onto guard Stephen Curry (30) after the Warriors defeated the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)

Denver took a 61-56 lead into halftime, but Golden State took over in the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 43-22 for a 99-83 lead.

Denver outscored Golden State 54-36 in the paint, but the Warriors made 18 three-pointers to the Nuggets' eight.

Denver has now lost two in a row, following an eight-game winning streak.

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) is helped off the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)

CURRY COOKING FROM DEEP

Curry’s 10 three-pointers marked his 18th career game making at least 10 — 13 more than any other player in NBA history. He notched his ninth career 50-point game.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Murray returned to the starting lineup after missing the last four games with right knee soreness, but exited with an apparent left knee injury in the final minute following a hard fall under the basket.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reaches for the ball while defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)

Warriors: James Wiseman is out indefinitely with a meniscus injury in his right knee. He is getting opinions from multiple experts following an MRI to determine the next step. ... Kelly Oubre Jr. missed his second straight game with a sprained left wrist. He remains day-to-day.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host Miami on Wednesday night. Denver won the first meeting 109-82 on Jan. 27.

Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) gestures toward Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)

Warriors: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, the first of three meetings in the next month.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kent Bazemore (26) is congratulated by guard Stephen Curry (30) after scoring against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP PhotoJeff Chiu)