Curry, Warriors cut down Nuggets, take 3-1 lead

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Apr 292013
 

Author: Steven Starcer

Stephen Curry scored 22 of his 31 points in a spectacular third quarter, propelling the Golden State Warriors past the Denver Nuggets by a score of 115-101 to take a shocking 3-1 series lead over the number three-seeded Nuggets on Sunday night.

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Stephen Curry taking instructions from assistant coach Keith Smart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Curry hit 6 of 11 from the 3-point line and made all five or his free throw attempts along with dishing out seven assists for the Warriors who have now won three straight games  in the series after dropping Game 1 on a last second layup by Nugget guard Andre Miller.

Jarret Jack, a player who only started a handful of games during the regular season, got another postseason start on Sunday and continued his great play dropping 21 points and recording 9 assists, while Carl Landry added 17 points off the bench for the Warriors who have received contributions from nearly everyone who has toed the court in this series.

Andrew Bogut may have had the biggest impact for Golden State early on in this game as he broke out for 12 points and 5 rebounds in the first half, including a posterizing dunk on Nuggets Center JaVale McGee.

The sixth-seeded Warriors are now just one game away from closing out the Nuggets and can do so on Tuesday night in Game 5 in Denver.

One of the big trends emerging in this series is the Warriors extremely high shooting percentage as once again they shot lights out from the field (55.7 percent) compared to the Nuggets (46.5 percent).

The Warriors have also taken complete control of the momentum in the series, which is surprising because they lost their top rebounder and best post threat in David Lee in Game 1 of the series due to a hip injury and Curry suffered an ankle injury in Game 2 and even got poked in the eye in the latter part of this game by Nuggets forward Corey Brewer.

Ty Lawson lead the Nuggets with 26 points and Andre Iguodala had 19. The Nuggets also turned the ball over 23 times and went just 6-20 from beyond the arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miller’s heroics lift Nuggets over Warriors in Game 1

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Apr 202013
 

Author: Steven Starcer

Andre Miller of the Denver Nuggets.Andre Miller made a crafty reverse layup with 1.3 seconds remaining and finished with a game high 28 points as the Denver Nuggets fought off a feisty Golden State team 97-95 on Saturday.

Miller went right by Warrior’s rookie defender Draymond Green and banked in the shot to give the Nuggets the go-ahead lead. Stephen Curry had one last heave before the buzzer sounded that was well off target ending the game.Denver Nuggets logo

The win was the 24th straight for the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, and moves their overall record at home to 39-3.

Miller poured in 18 points in an action packed fourth quarter that involved plenty of drama at the end. Denver’s Ty Lawson stole the ball away from Curry and converted on the other end giving the Nuggets a three-point lead with 35 seconds to go. Curry, who set an NBA record with 272 made three-pointers this season then tied the game at 95 when he got Lawson to leave his feet on a shot fake and sunk a 2 from the dead corner with 14.5 seconds remaining.

Miller inbounded the ball for the Denver and got it right back and from there the rest was history.

The Warriors, the sixth seed in the West, playing in their first playoff game in six seasons, lost All-Star David Lee to a hip flexor strain in the fourth quarter when he banged into JaVale McGee. Lee finished with 10 points and 14 boards.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 22 points and Curry had 19. Wilson Chandler had a great game for Denver stepping up for injured Kenneth Faried, finishing with 11 points and a team-high 13 rebounds and Andre Iguodala added 8 points, 1o rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled to tip at 8:30 MT on Tuesday, April 23 in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

 

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