DENVER, CO – The Denver Nuggets did everything they couldn’t accomplish in the first three games of this series, win. Nikola Jokic scored 37 points to avoid the “sweep” and keep his team alive to force a Game 5 back in San Francisco at Chase Center.
The Nuggets 126-121 victory over the Warriors came behind better defense that disrupted Golden State’s offensive flow. Stephen Curry finished with 33 points off the bench while Klay Thompson added 32 points. Draymond Green who is the floor “General” fouled out with 2:05 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
“I would like to call that play back, frankly,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “With 30 seconds, we’re thinking a 2 for 1. If we get a 2 for 1 we can tie the game with a chance to win it at the end… If I could do it over again, I’d probably draw up something different.”
Austin Rivers contested the inbound play and forced a turnover for the Warriors. The final inbound pass went awry for Golden State, Otto Porter threw the ball in high to Andrew Wiggins but Rivers made a phenomenal defensive play to give the Nuggets possession. Will Barton hit a three-point shot with an assist from Jokic to close out the game.
Klay Thompson talks about his slow start, foul trouble and closing the series out Game 5.
Draymond Green talks team challenges, poor defense, fouls and closing out series at home.
Stephen Curry talks missed free throws, second half, and Denver Nuggets 17 point lead in the first half.
“We go home with a chance to clinch so we’re right where we need to be,” Kerr said.
The series is now 3-1 and Game 5 will be Wednesday at 7pm PST at Chase Center.
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