DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets werent a playoff team last year, but they played well against teams that did reach the postseason.One of those clubs was the Golden State Warriors, who set a regular-season record with 73 wins. Included in that total was an overtime win at home against Denver on Jan. 2.The Nuggets, however, beat the Warriors nearly two weeks later at home. They will want to repeat that success Thursday night when they host the Western Conference champs.Denver isnt intimidated by the Warriors imposing roster.We are better than last year, 100 percent, Nikola Jokic told the Denver Post. We need to play better and get better at finishing games.That was never more evident than Tuesday when the Nuggets lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, 108-107, on a buzzer-beater by Marc Gasol. Denver had the game won but kicked it away after Emmanuel Mudiays dunk gave the Nuggets a 107-106 lead with 7.9 seconds left.After forcing a turnover, Mike Miller threw away an inbounds pass, and that led to Gasols heroics.It was the Nuggets second tough loss of the season. Denver (3-4) gave away an eight-point lead to the Portland Trail Blazers in the final 48 seconds and lost in overtime in its only home game to date.Weve got to win them, Mudiay told the Post. If were that close, you dont want to come in second place.The Warriors (6-2) know all about blowing leads. They had a 3-1 advantage in the NBA Finals, only to see the Cleveland Cavaliers rally to win Game 7 in Oakland, Calif., and steal the title.Golden State wont match its 73-win total from last season. The Warriors won their first 24 games but are 6-2 this season after a 116-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. They are still working on integrating Kevin Durant into the rotation, and there have been some growing pains.Its a process. That word sucks, but it is what it is, Andre Iguodala told the San Francisco Examiner. Everyones making adjustments and everyones trying to -- its like kind of (a) feeling out type of thing. You have so much talent -- especially with one major guy whos new -- and you want him to be as comfortable as possible.Golden State is still winning while the lineup finds a rhythm. After getting blown out by the San Antonio Spurs on opening night two weeks ago, the Warriors reeled off three straight road wins. The Thursday game was just their third at home, and they took care of business against the Mavericks.Now it is the Nuggets who will try to take care of business. Thursday starts a stretch of nine of their next 12 games at home. 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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Josh Hawkinson and freshman Malachi Flynn each scored 18 points to help Washington State beat Division II Central Washington 81-76 on Tuesday night.Washington State was behind 42-36 at halftime but Ike Iroegbu scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half to help hold off the Wildcats. The Cougars took a 55-53 lead with just under 12 minutes left on Iroegbus basket and they never trailed again.Hawkinson grabbed 12 rebounds for his 42nd career double-double but the Cougars (2-0) were outrebounded 42-35. Flynn, playing in his second game at point guard, turned it over just once in 32 minutes.Washington State made 27 of 54 shots (50 percent) but hit just 4 of 14 from 3-point range.Dom Hunter made four 3-pointers and scored 26 points for Central Washington. He was 9 of 24 from the floor. Naim Ladd and Fuquan Niles added 12 points apiece, and Niles grabbed 16 rebounds for his first double--double with the Wildcats.ddddddddddddIn the first half we were getting some transition baskets, Central Washington coach Greg Sparling said. They went smaller in the second half and started switching everything, which is fine. We just didnt make shots. We tried to adjust to it, but by the time we adjusted it was too late.INJURY UPDATEIroegbu took a hard spill early in the second half on a drive to the basket.Im hurting right now, Ill get some ice on it, Iroegbu said in a radio interview. After I fell, I went back into the locker room and gathered myself. You could say that foul really woke me up.UP NEXTCentral Washington travels to face Dixie State on Friday in Seattle.Washington State plays in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on Friday against No. 22 Creighton. ' ' '