Nuggets coach frustrated by mistakes in loss to Warriors

Nuggets coach Michael Malone bemoaned a sloppy performance against the Warriors as his team lost ground in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

The two teams were separated by only one game before Tuesday’s game at Oracle Arena, but the Warriors’ 116-102 win extended that margin to two.

DeMarcus Cousins starred for the Warriors as they outscored the Nuggets in the first three quarters, the center dominating his Denver counterpart, Nikola Jokic.

The Nuggets had the better of the final quarter but it was too little too late, and Malone was disappointed with his team’s quality in possession as it slipped to a second successive defeat.

“Offensively, we have to be a lot cleaner,” Malone said. “When you’re playing against a team that’s won three of the last four world championships, you can’t beat yourself.

“We did that tonight and that’s a disappointment. [There were] turnovers all night, we couldn’t take care of the ball.

“You give up 21 points off of turnovers in this building, you’re going to make it really hard to be in the game.”

The Nuggets will look to get back to winning ways against the Spurs on Wednesday.