Golden State also knocked down ten three-pointers in the first quarter, a franchise best.
It only took one quarter against the Denver Nuggets for the Golden State Warriors to make their case as the best team in the West.
The Warriors, ranked second in the Western Conference with a 29–14 record heading into Tuesday's game, scored 51 points in the first quarter against the top-seeded Nuggets. The team's first quarter production set an NBA record for the most points scored in the first quarter in the shot clock era.
The Warriors also knocked down ten shots from three, a Golden State franchise best. Kevin Durant finished the first quarter a perfect 7-for-7 with 17 points and five assists.
The Warriors' dominant opening stretch didn't go unnoticed on social media.
The Warriors did not just score 51 points in the first QUARTER in Denver. Did they?— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 16, 2019
The Nuggets are on pace to score 138 points against the Warriors -- and lose by 51.— Scott Cacciola (@ScottCacciola) January 16, 2019
If you thought the 76ers scoring 83 at halftime was alot...— Steve Levy (@espnSteveLevy) January 16, 2019
The Warriors have 51 after the 1st quarter.
yeah so just to remind you guys the warriors — the same warriors that just dropped 51 points in the first quarter against the nuggets — are adding demarcus cousins on friday— Haley O'Shaughnessy (@HaleyOSomething) January 16, 2019
The Warriors went on to dominate the Nuggets on the way to a 142-111 win.