OAKLAND – Klay Thompson scored 35 points to lead five Warriors scoring in double figures as they closed out their preseason schedule Friday night with a 119-112 win over the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena.
Point guards Stephen Curry put in 17, reserve guard Leandro Barbosa 15, with center Andrew Bogut adding 12 and power forward David Lee 11 as the Warriors concluded a 6-2 preseason.
The Warriors won despite being outrebounded 46-37 and allowing the Nuggets to shoot 50 percent from the floor.
The Warriors, however, moved the ball as well as at any time during the preseason, finishing with 37 assists on 44 baskets. Curry had a team-high 11 dimes, Bogut had eight and Andre Iguodala came off the bench to contribute seven more.
The Warriors sizzled from beyond the arc, draining 12 of 28 3-pointers. Thompson hit four and Curry dropped in three.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: It was the Thompson-Barbosa Show on offense, as the two combined for 50 points in a combined 48 minutes.
Thompson hit three treys, but some of his most impressive work came on drives to the basket. He shot six free throws, and the Warriors welcome more of that.
TURNING POINT: After the Nuggets, trailing by double digits most of the way, cut it to 104-102 with 4:47 to play, the Warriors reeled off a 9-2 run to extend to 113-104 with 2:18 left and held on until the final horn.
The entire starting lineup was in for game-closing flourish, and Thompson scored 5 of the 9 points.
INJURY UPDATE: F Draymond Green limped off late in the third quarter, favoring his left leg, but returned. He likely will be examined as a precaution. F Brandon Rush (sacral stress reaction, lower back) and G Shaun Livingston (recovering from right big toe surgery) are out indefinitely.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors will practice amongst themselves for the next four days, leading up to the season opener next Wednesday night at Sacramento.