OAKLAND -- The Warriors suffered a heartbreaking, double-overtime defeat Saturday, losing 107-101 to the Denver Nuggets.
Golden State guard Klay Thompson had a team-high 23 points, but he had a rough night as the Warriors failed to make enough winning plays to pull out the victory at Oracle Arena.
"This is the worst I've felt after a game," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "To be quite honest with you, last year, we were not good enough, talentwise, to win a lot of ballgames. That's just flat out the truth. We're good enough right now.
"We got outworked. They dominated us on the boards. We made critical mistakes down the stretch that are simple, basketball plays to make. ... Bottom line is you can't make these mistakes. Good teams, the playoff teams, the elite teams, they don't make these mistakes. We've got to be disappointed. It's just a bad feeling.
Forward Carl Landry had 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench. David Lee had 18 points and nine rebounds. Stephen Curry had 19 points and five rebounds.
The Warriors (3-4) seemed to be in control in the second overtime. A putback by Denver center JaVale McGee gave the Nuggets (4-3) a 96-94 lead. But the Warriors answered with consecutive layups by Landry to go up a basket. A turnover by Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson led to a 3-pointer by Thompson from the right corner, putting Golden State ahead 101-96 with 2:47 left.
The Warriors, it seemed, were headed for a victory.
Out of a timeout, the Warriors ran a play that somehow led to a quick 3-pointer from Thompson. He missed. He finished the night 9 of 26 shooting, including 5 of 15 from 3-point range. Denver nailed four straight free throws to put away the game.
"(Youth is) not an excuse when you have the game in your hands at home," Curry said. "You have to be able to figure out a way to win. That's what good teams do. Obviously, we're not there yet. We've got to figure out how to make those plays down the stretch that gets you over the top. We shot the ball terribly. So did they. They found a way to win. We didn't."
It was an unsatisfying ending for a Warriors team that powered through another rough night shooting to have a chance to win.
After a Gallinari layup to start the first overtime, Curry -- who had been in foul trouble most of the night -- tied the game at 88 with two free throws. He then followed a layup by Denver forward Kenneth Faried with a pull-up jumper.
Faried put Denver ahead 92-90, but Golden State tied the game at 92 when Landry converted a runner in the lane.
Curry then came up with a steal to get the Warriors the ball back, and his pull-up 19-footer with 47.8 seconds left gave Golden State a 94-92 lead.
The Warriors defense got another key stop, getting Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala to miss a jumper. Denver guard Andre Miller got the rebound but missed the layup. Landry secured the rebound.
But Thompson, with 13 seconds left, missed both free throws. Gallinari then tied the game at 94 with a dunk, made possible on a miscommunication by the Warriors defense that left the lane wide open. Golden State, which had the ball with two seconds left, never got off a shot as Landry turned it over to force double overtime.
"I understand it's a process," Jackson said. "In order to get there, you've got to go through times like this. But I'm not a guy that's patient with process when it comes to that. There are mistakes that you can't make. And we made some."