Last Thursday night, the Golden State Warriors won their first round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets at home in Oakland in game six. The Warriors move on to face the second seed San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Semifinals.
Game one was in Denver and Stephen Curry struggled through the first half, missing his first nine shots.
He also missed his first five from downtown before he found his rhythm. After the opening drought he went 7-for-11 from the field and 4-for-5 from three point range.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 22 points and Curry had 19. Curry hit a corner 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left to tie the game after being down by eight. He had 15 points in the second half after a rough first half.
David Lee got hurt two minutes into the fourth quarter and Draymond Green, a rookie, was pressed into action. Nuggets' guard Andre Miller put a couple of moves on Green in the final seconds to get by him for an underhand layup to give the Nuggets the game 1 victory. Final score: Nuggets 97, Warriors 95.
The Warriors’ 64.4 percent shooting from the field was a team franchise playoff best. It's also the highest shooting percentage in the NBA playoffs since Utah's 65.1 on April 25, 1991, according to NBA.com.
The Nuggets couldn't solve the Warriors' relentless shooting, which began in the second quarter. They hit 14-for-22 in that period to take an eight-point lead and then hit their first three shots of the third quarter to go ahead by 15. Denver made small runs but was unable to make a serious rally against the Warriors.
Jarrett Jack added 26 points and Harrison Barnes scored 24 for the Warriors, who had four players score more than 20 points, and as a team they shot 64.6 percent from the field.
Ty Lawson had 19 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, who had their 24-game home winning streak snapped. Corey Brewer added 19 points and Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala had 18 apiece for Denver.
Denver had to win a game in Oakland to steal back homecourt advantage in the series, after losing their first home game since Jan. 18.
Curry went on a rampage scoring 30 points and 13 assists as the Golden State Warriors shot themselves into an even Western Conference quarterfinal series with a win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Final score: Nuggets 117, Warriors 131.
The Warriors held the Nuggets to just 42 points in the second half, on 39 percent shooting. That included a 15-point swing in the third quarter to wipe out a 66-54 halftime deficit.
Jarrett Jack had 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds in his second straight start as the Warriors continued their three-guard lineup in the absence of injured power forward David Lee.
Curry played through a sprained left ankle to record 29 points and 11 assists, and the Golden State Warriors sweated out a nail-biting final minute to beat the Denver Nuggets. Final score: Nuggets 108, Warriors 110.
With three straight victories, the sixth-seeded Warriors led the third-seeded Nuggets 3-1, and were one win away from what would be just a second playoff series triumph since 1991 for the franchise. Game 5 is set for Tuesday in Denver, according to NBA.com.
Curry, who came in slowed by a sprained left ankle suffered in Game 2, said a pregame pain-killing injection finally helped him get loose after intermission. He might have had even more points if not for having to sit out for more than four minutes during the fourth quarter after he was poked in the eye.
Warriors center Andrew Bogut set a personal postseason record with 12 points and provided five rebounds and two blocks in his most forceful performance of the series.
Jarrett Jack added 21 points and nine assists as Golden State shot 55.7 percent from the field. Since dropping Game 1, the Warriors have made 57.6 percent of their field-goal attempts and 46.5 percent of their 3-pointers.
The Nuggets helped neutralize Curry early, but when Denver went to man coverage in the third quarter, Curry went wild. He hit 8 of his 11 shots in the quarter and was 5-for-8 from downtown.
Final score: Warriors 115, Nuggets 101.
Denver roughed up the Golden State shooters who have hurt them in this series, specifically Stephen Curry. The point guard was averaging 27.3 points in the series before Tuesday but was held to 15 points.
The Warriors felt Denver was a little too physical, to the point of some being cheap shots intended to hurt Curry. After the game he was sporting a large protective covering on his left hand while soaking both feet in a bucket of ice. He also had a black left eye.
Harrison Barnes led the Warriors with 23 points and nine rebounds and Jarrett Jack scored 20 for the Warriors, who can close out the series at home in game six.
Ty Lawson had 19 points and 10 assists and Wilson Chandler also scored 19 for the Nuggets, who avoided being eliminated in the first round for the fourth straight year.
Andre Iguodala had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and the Nuggets held off a late rally to beat the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Final score: Nuggets 107, Warriors 100.
David Lee was back to play in game six but he only played for 1:27 in the first quarter, all in the first quarter when he missed his only shot and grabbed one rebound.
The Warriors trailed 44-42 at halftime but opened the third quarter with a 22-9 run to take a 64-52 lead.
Kenneth Faried drew two quick fouls in the quarter, giving him four for the game, and he took a seat with 10:23 left. Whether it was a coincidence or not, Curry heated up the moment Faried left.
Curry scored eight quick points, nailing two free throws and a pair of long-range lasers. Curry scored 14 points in the third, while Bogut had seven rebounds and six points as the Warriors entered the fourth leading 73-62.
Rookie forward Draymond Green had a double-double off the bench for the Warriors, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack scored 13 off the bench.
With Andrew Bogut grabbing 21 rebounds and scoring 14 points for his first career postseason double-double and Stephen Curry adding 22 points, the Golden State Warriors defeated Denver 92-88 in Game 6 Thursday night at Oracle Arena, advancing to the West semifinals where they'll face the Spurs.
The Warriors and the Spurs are tied in the regular season two apiece. It will be good series between the two teams. The first game will be away on May 6 at 6:30 p.m.