Denver 88, Golden State 92

Date - Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:30 PM
Location - Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Officials - #43 Dan Crawford, #8 Marc Davis, #38 Michael Smith
Attendance - 19596

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Denver 25 17 20 26 88
Golden State 21 19 33 19 92

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Denver 57-25 38-3 19-22 L1
Golden State 47-35 28-13 19-22 W1

Recap

Warriors 92, Nuggets 88: Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 22 points in a decisive third quarter and Andrew Bogut collected 14 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks as host Golden State survived a late surge and held off Denver to win the Western Conference first-round playoff series 4-2.

Draymond Green scored six of his 16 points during a key stretch in the fourth quarter and added 10 rebounds off the bench for the Warriors, who won their first playoff series since 2007 and will take on the No. 2 seed San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals.

Andre Iguodala recorded 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Ty Lawson scored 17 for the Nuggets. Wilson Chandler added 11 points but missed two shots from inside four feet with 12 seconds left that would have tied the game.

Denver used a 16-2 burst in the fourth quarter to trim an 18-point deficit down to 82-78 with 4:13 to play. Curry’s scoop shot in the lane pushed it out to 88-79 with 2:10 left, but five turnovers in the final 1:37 and some poor offensive execution allowed the Nuggets a chance to take the lead in the final seconds. 

Denver controlled the offensive glass and forced 10 turnovers in the first half but only managed to take a 42-40 lead into the break. Curry went 1-for-7 from the floor in the half as Bogut kept Golden State in the game.

Curry came alive in third quarter to help the Warriors take control. The sharpshooter knocked down two free throws to tie it and then hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to cap a 10-0 burst and put Golden State on top for good.

The Warriors stretched it to as much as 13 points in the third before settling for a 73-62 lead heading into the final period. The lead swelled to as much as 18 points early in the fourth before Denver made things interesting.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Warriors F David Lee, who was thought to be lost for the season with a torn hip flexor, came off the bench and played one minute in the first half. … Bogut’s 21 boards are the most of any player in the 2013 postseason. … Golden State went 23-for-24 from the free throw line to help overcome 21 turnovers. … Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets but struggled through foul trouble and had to sit out most of the key stretch in the third quarter.

Top Game Performances

Denver   Golden State
Andre Iguodala 24 Scoring Stephen Curry 22
Andre Iguodala 6 Assists Stephen Curry 8
Kenneth Faried 11 Rebounds Andrew Bogut 21
Andre Iguodala 5 Free Throws Made Jarrett Jack 9
Wilson Chandler 3 Steals Stephen Curry 2
Corey Brewer 1 Blocks Andrew Bogut 4

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Denver 88 34.7 7-28 13-21 18 44 3 10 7
Golden State 92 40.3 7-25 23-24 17 55 5 3 21

Upcoming Games

  • Golden State will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Warriors have a W/L % of .574 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Denver will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Nuggets have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .577 after a loss.