Stephen Curry looked like his old self on Monday night.

Although the Warriors were handed their first loss of the preseason, 104-98 against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center, Curry had his first big night in a while.

The fourth-year point guard, who is returning from right ankle surgery, had a game-high 25 points in 25 minutes. He knocked down 10 of 15 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc in logging his most extensive playing time since Feb. 20.

"The ankle felt good," he said. "I was able to move pretty fluidly out there and not really think about my ankle. It's a step in the right direction."

Backcourt mate Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors (3-1), while forward David Lee added 15.

Curry had scored 13 points in 23 minutes on Thursday against Maccabi Haifa, but this game felt different.

"A couple of times (against Maccabi Haifa) I made a move and was like, 'I'm glad I made it through it,' but I actually was thinking about it," he said. "Tonight it was just letting the game come and I kinda forgot that I had a brace on."

Warriors teammate Richard Jefferson said it was a good sign to see Curry play so well, especially against Denver's standout point guard, Ty Lawson.

"I think it was good tonight for him to get out there and test himself," Jefferson said.