Notebook: Warriors 131, Nuggets 117



Posted Apr 24, 2013 7:30 AM

Michael Kelly, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Stephen Curry scored 30 points and 13 assists and the Golden State Warriors shot themselves even in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 131-117 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.

Jarrett Jack added 26 points and Harrison Barnes 24 for the Warriors, who had four players score more than 20 points and 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, which has to win one game in Oakland to steal back homecourt advantage in the series.

It was Denver's first home loss since Jan. 18.

QUOTABLE: "We are a very good shooting basketball team. We've got guys that can knock down shots. You talk about Klay Thompson and Steph Curry, in my opinion, they're the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game."
-- Warriors coach Mark Jackson

THE STAT: The Warriors' 64.6 percent shooting from the field was a franchise playoff best. It's also the highest shooting percentage in the NBA playoffs since Utah's 65.1 on April 25, 1991.

THE STAT II: Curry became the first Warriors player since Sleepy Floyd in 1987 to finish with 30-plus points and 10-plus assists in a playoff game.

THE STAT III: Denver suffered just its fourth loss at home this season and the defeat snapped a 24-game home win streak that spanned this season and the postseason.

TURNING POINT: The Nuggets couldn't solve the Warriors' relentless shooting, and it started 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 runs but never mounted a serious rally against the Warriors.

QUOTABLE II: "Man, they were just knocking it down. They had more intensity and it was more urgent for them. It was a must-win for them and for us it was like a walk in the park. We just were not paying attention."
-- Ty Lawson

HOT: Curry didn't struggle in the first half like he did in Game 1. He started the game 2-for-8 but then hit six straight shots to help the Warriors take an 11-point lead late in the second quarter. Curry had 15 of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter.

HOT II: The entire Golden State team. They scored 35 in each of the last three quarters and every player who took a shot hit at least half of them.

QUOTABLE III: "We didn't do much of anything very well. I don't think I ever coached a game when a team got three 35-point quarters, maybe in my career. Ever."
-- Nuggets coach George Karl

NOT: The Nuggets rebounding. Even with Kenneth Faried back from a sprained ankle and David Lee out they couldn't close the gap against the Warriors, who were a plus-10 in rebounding for the second straight game.

INSIDE THE ARENA: A fan won a car, courtside seats to Game 5 and an autographed basketball or hitting a layup, foul shot and 3-pointer in 15 seconds during a timeout in the first quarter.

GOOD MOVE: Jackson had a little trickery for the start of Game 2. He submitted a starting lineup that had Carl Landry in place of the injured Lee but instead went small, moving Barnes to power forward and starting guard Jack at small forward.

QUOTABLE IV: "I knew right before the starting lineup. Coach told me he was going to go with me. I just tried to come out and be aggressive, making plays."
-- Jarrett Jack

BAD MOVE: The Nuggets at times tried to match Golden State's 3-point shooting instead of attacking the basket. They got open looks but didn't hit them, and the long rebounds led to easy baskets or open 3-pointers at the other end.

BAD MOVE II: Curry turned his left ankle in the second half and had to leave the game for a bit. He returned but only scored three points in the fourth quarter.

QUOTABLE V: "It is sore. It's a normal ankle sprain and I've dealt with it plenty of times. I don't see any concern going forward to Friday night."
-- Stephen Curry

ROOKIE WATCH: Barnes was unstoppable at times, especially in the second half when he had 17 points. His highlight was a reverse dunk on Anthony Randolph gave the Warriors a 105-93 lead in the fourth and brought the Golden State bench to its feet. Barnes is the first Warriors player to have 20-plus points and shoot better than 60 percent in his first two career playoff games since Mitch Richmond in 1989.

NOTABLE: Brewer's 11 3-point attempts were the most by a Nugget since Michael Adams had 12 on April 30, 1989. ... Curry is the third player since 2000 to have 30 points, 13 assists and five rebounds in a playoff game. ... Denver's 26 rebounds were a franchise playoff low.

UP NEXT: Game 3, Friday, @ Golden State, Game 4, Sunday @ Golden State, Game 5, Tuesday @ Denver.