OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Denver's Danilo Gallinari has struggled to find his shooting rhythm this season. Two big plays against Golden State could be just the thing to get him going.
Gallinari scored on a tying slam dunk late in the first overtime, then scored five of his 21 points in the final 36 seconds of the second as the Nuggets closed with an 11-0 run to beat the Golden State Warriors 107-101 on Saturday night.
"He was starting to get frustrated a little bit because he was missing," Denver coach George Karl said. "I just went up to him and said, 'Gallo, you're good. You're going to get yourself going and you're going to hit it when we really need it.' I didn't expect it to be right then and there, but he did exactly what we needed him to do."
The Nuggets' 6-foot-10 forward was shooting just 27.9 percent going into the game and missed his first 10 shots against Golden State before finding his stroke in both overtime periods.
Andre Iguodala added a pair of late free throws in the second overtime and the Nuggets, who didn't arrive in the Bay Area until 3:30 a.m. following a late flight from Utah, held on for their fourth consecutive victory after opening the season 0-3.
"We were talking about the mental toughness before the game, because we are (finishing) a back-to-back," said Gallinari, who finished 8 of 22 from the floor. "So the mental part was the most important thing in this game."
Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 17 rebounds, while Iguodala had 19 points for Denver.
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 23 points, but the second-year guard missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left. Carl Landry added 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench, but the Warriors went scoreless over the final 2:47.
"We had the lead a couple times in late-game situations and our inexperience showed," said David Lee, who had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors. "If we even play halfway decent it's not a game to begin with. It's very frustrating."
Denver shot just 38 percent from the floor and had trouble hanging onto the ball in the second half, but put it together late to pull out the win.
Gallinari made the biggest shot on his dunk with 2.1 seconds left in the first overtime after Golden State, with a foul to give, let Gallinari go free down the lane. Then he came up big again in the second extra period after the Warriors built a 101-96 lead.
Andre Miller made a free throw and Iguodala followed with a 3-pointer. After Landry failed on a layup attempt, Gallinari converted from beyond the arc to give Denver a 103-101 lead. Thompson then missed a 3 for Golden State before Iguodala sank two free throws and Gallinari added two of his own.
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