Warriors Survive Nuggets Late Rally to Advance
2013 NBA Playoffs
Stephen Curry had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Warriors to a 92-88 victory in eliminating the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of their first round Western Conference series.
Andrew Bogut broke out with the best performance of his injury-saddled season with season bests and career playoff highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds, and added four blocks and three assists. Draymond Green added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Bogut became the first Warriors player with 20 rebounds in the playoffs since Larry Smith had 23 on May 12, 1987, at the Lakers.
The Warriors outshot the Nuggets only 40.3 percent to 34.7 percent in the finale but dominated the rebounding matchup again 55-44. They also overcame 21 turnovers -- including 10 in the fourth -- while the Nuggets had only seven.
Bogut's big first half of 10 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists, plus a surge of shooting from their guards allowed the Warriors to erase a nine-point deficit to slice Denver's lead to 42-40 at the half.
The Warriors led by the end of the third, 73-62, on the strength of Curry's four 3-pointers.
Their lead increased to 80-62 as the Nuggets were unable to score until 8:19 of the fourth quarter.
But the Warriors went scoreless for almost five minutes to see their lead cut to 80-75.
Wilson Chandler stole the rebound from Green for an easy layup to get within four. Then Andre Iguodala hit another from long range and Kenneth Faried made 1 of 2 free throws to bring Denver within two with 32.4 seconds to play.
The Nuggets were forced to intentionally foul Jack, who made both free throws to give Golden State a 92-88 lead with 7.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Iguodala scored 24 points and Ty Lawson had 17 for the Nuggets.
Golden State will open the second round at second-seeded San Antonio.
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