The Golden State Warriors scored 51 points in Tuesday’s 142-111 blow out win over the Denver Nuggets to set a new NBA record. On top of that, they made 10 three-pointers in the first quarter, a franchise record for any quarter.
The Warriors started the game in the best way possible, compiling 19-for-25 from the field and 10-of-14 from beyond the arc to end the first quarter with 51 points. Kevin Durant was the most dominant player in that quarter with 17 points. Klay Thompson had 13 points while Steph Curry had 12 points.
The last time the Warriors scored that many points in a single quarter was in 1989 when they scored 57 in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings.
“It’s beautiful, beautiful basketball,” Coach Steve Kerr said. “I don’t remember a better first quarter. That was a fireworks show.”
Curry hinted the Warriors were onto something—making a statement to playoff teams in the west.
“We’ve been paying attention,” he said. “We know who’s been playing well—and to be honest, we haven’t played as well against the playoff teams in the West. We wanna kinda correct that going into the last half of the season.”
Durant had a closely similar message saying, “I think they know who we are.”