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Klay Thompson hit his first jumper to even the score at 2-2, then following a Denver Nuggets three, he answered with another to tie it 5-5. He answered another Nuggets bucket to tie the game at 7-7, and his 3-of-3 shooting set the tone for what the Warriors were going to do as a backcourt.
Thompson is just in his second season, but the Warriors felt confident enough about his prospects as a rookie to deal Monta Ellis.
The Warriors acquired Andrew Bogut, who has been injured plenty since joining the team, but the fact that the team thought Thompson could handle full-time starter duties by the end of his rookie season shows their immense confidence in Thompson.
He finished with 21 points on an ultra-efficient 8-of-11 shooting (including 5-of-6 from three-point range).
The fact that Thompson was able to have such a good night against Andre Iguodala and Evan Fournier is impressive, especially given the fact that Iggy has been defending on an All-NBA level for quite some time.
Thompson was able to exploit the natural pace of the game and find shots in transition, and Iguodala's man-to-man defense was typically pretty sound.There's just too many spots for a guy with a release as quick as Thompson's to exploit.
Iguodala finished with 18 points to Thompson's 21, and the Nuggets were just negative-10 for Iggy's time on the court, which isn't bad compared to the other Nuggets starters (Lawson was negative-24).
Inevitably, Iggy will be measured by his defensive impact, and it's hard to say he made much of a dent in the Warriors' 131-point onslaught. With a flurry of those points coming from Thompson and Barnes on the wing, Denver's perimeter defense can't feel especially good at the moment.
Still, Iguodala scored efficiently (6-11 from the field) and remained a key play-maker with 7 assists.
Iguodala: B +