Denver Nuggets fans showered Andre Iguodala with boos every time he touched the ball Monday night. The Warriors responded with a cavalcade of early points. Then they had to grind away in another Western Conference battle for an 89-81 win, their second straight workmanlike victory. The team had Iguodala's back in his first game back at the Pepsi Center since he came to the Warriors in a three-team trade with Utah in July that saw him sign a $48 million deal with Golden State and turn down Denver's offer. "We always got everybody's back," said David Lee, who had a game-high 28 points along with 10 rebounds. "Andre's been a great player on this team, and he did a great job. He was a thorn in our side last year. He did a great job in Denver, so I think he understands fans are going to do that when you come back to an old (stamping) ground. "We're happy to have him, and he's going to get a huge ovation when he comes (back) to Oracle." The Warriors will return home for a two-game set against the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas Day and the Phoenix Suns on Friday, before heading east for a seven-game trip. Iguodala, who led the Nuggets to a franchise-best 57 wins last season, including averaging 18 points in a first-round playoff series against the Warriors, said Monday morning he didn't know what to expect in his return. He quickly found out. "It's just our day and age with sports now," Iguodala said of all the booing. "There's so many transactions, and fans are really into it. They're so close to the game. You're going to see a lot more."
Warriors beat Nuggets 89-81
Oakland Tribune | Dec 24