DENVER -- Stephen Curry looked like his old self on Monday night.
Although the Warriors were handed their first loss of the preseason, 104-98 against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center, Curry had his first big night in a while.
The fourth-year point guard, who is returning from right ankle surgery, had a game-high 25 points in 25 minutes. He knocked down 10 of 15 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc in logging his most extensive playing time since Feb. 20.
"The ankle felt good," he said. "I was able to move pretty fluidly out there and not really think about my ankle. It's a step in the right direction."
Backcourt mate Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors (3-1), while forward David Lee added 15.
Curry had scored 13 points in 23 minutes on Thursday against Maccabi Haifa, but this game felt different.
"A couple of times (against Maccabi Haifa) I made a move and was like, 'I'm glad I made it through it,' but I actually was thinking about it," he said. "Tonight it was just letting the game come and I kinda forgot that I had a brace on."
Warriors teammate Richard Jefferson said it was a good sign to see Curry play so well, especially against Denver's standout point guard, Ty Lawson.
"I think it was good tonight for him to get out there and test himself," Jefferson said.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he liked how Curry looked before the game and was pleased, for the most part, with how his point guard played. Jackson wasn't pleased with everything, though.
"I came in with the mindset of stretching his minutes," Jackson said. "I wanted him to finish the game, but I was disappointed in the way that group that was playing and decided to give the young guys an opportunity."
While Curry was knocking down his shots, he also led the team with five turnovers. Fixing that is the next step in his progression, he said.
"I've just got to continue to get better seeing plays in advance and as a PG taking care of the ball," he said. "All of that will come back, so I'm not really worried right now."
Jackson was disappointed that the Warriors had 18 turnovers (leading to 22 Denver points), racked up 30 fouls and gave up 17 offensive rebounds (helping Denver to a 19-8 advantage in second-chance points).
Those are areas in which the team did well in starting the preseason 3-0, so Jackson said, "We'll be fine. I think it's a great learning experience for us. I think in the preseason sometimes a loss is a good thing, because it's a great teaching point."
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