Notebook: Warriors 92, Nuggets 88



Posted May 3, 2013 2:38 AM

Eric Gilmore, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Next stop, San Antonio.

With Andrew Bogut grabbing 21 rebounds and scoring 14 points for his first career postseason double-double and Stephen Curry adding 22 points, the Golden State Warriors defeated Denver 92-88 in Game 6 Thursday night at Oracle Arena, advancing to the West semifinals where they'll face the Spurs.

Rookie forward Draymond Green had a double-double off the bench for the Warriors, scoring 16 points and grabbng 10 rebounds. Jarrett Jack scored 13 off the bench.

Andre Iguodala led the Nuggets with 24 points and nine rebounds, and Ty Lawson scored 17. Kenneth Faried had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Warriors withstood a furious Denver rally down the stretch, blowing most of an 18-point lead they had built in the third period and early in the fourth.

The Warriors led 80-62 with 9:11 left to play. But the Nuggets started trapping and forcing turnovers as they pulled closer. When Iguodala hit a 3-pointer with 4:10 left, the Nuggets trailed by just four points at 82-78.

Faried cut the lead to 90-88 with 32.4 seconds left, going 1-for-2 from the line. The Nuggets forced a turnover, but Wilson Chandler missed a floater then missed again after grabbing the rebound.

Jack hit two free throws with 7.3 seconds left, putting the Warriors up 92-88.

QUOTABLE: "This is one of the biggest games in most of the guys on our team's careers. So to have an opportunity to close it out in front of our own fans, you got a little jitters. But we settled in in that third quarter, got our rhythm offensively and defensively, opened up an 18-point lead, but we didn't finish it our way."
-- Stephen Curry

THE STAT: Since coming to the Bay Area before the 1962-63 season, the Warriors are 10-1 in home playoff games where they've had to chance to close out a series.

TURNING POINT: The Warriors trailed 44-42 at halftime but opened the third quarter with a 22-9 run to take a 64-52 lead. Faried drew two quick fouls in the quarter, giving him four for the game, and he took a seat with 10:23 left. Whether it was a coincidence or not, Curry heated up the moment Faried left. He scored eight quick points, nailing two free throws and a pair long-range lasers. Curry scored 14 points in the third, while Bogut had seven rebounds and six points as the Warriors entered the fourth leading 73-62.

GOOD MOVE: Give the Warriors and coach Mark Jackson credit for both being able to keep a secret and for getting the most dramatic effect out of a move. They unveiled power forward David Lee -- their secret weapon -- just 15 minutes before the game began when he joined his teammates for warmups. Lee suffered a torn hip flexor in Game 1 against Denver, and the Warriors announced the next day that he was out for the playoffs. He apparently had a bad diagnosis or made a miraculous comeback. Either way, he seemed to give the crowd and his teammates a boost, even though he played just 1:27, all in the first quarter when he missed his only shot and grabbed one rebound.

QUOTABLE II: "I got emotional, and I'm still emotional because of just how incredible of a blessing this is. And I think that, you know, God has a sense of humor because he wanted to show folks at the end as we threw the ball all over the place, and it's only a miracle that we advanced."
-- Mark Jackson, who gave Curry and Bogut big hugs after the win

HOT: Bogut nearly had a double-double by halftime. He grabbed 10 rebounds -- four of them offensive -- scored eight points and blocked four shots by the break. He didn't slow down in the second half, adding 11 rebounds and six points. Bogut tweaked his ankle in Game 5 but said he took a pain-killing shot before the game.

NOT: Denver's Chandler, who was hot in Denver's Game 5 win over the Warriors, went cold in Game 6. He went 5-for-17 from the field and 1-for-6 from long range. He finished with 11 points and one rebound.

QUOTABLE III: "I'm disappointed in the result but can't be more proud of my basketball team. The way we shot the ball, we had numerous moments to give in on the game and we never did. One more layup, one more free throw goes in, it could have been a miraculous comeback."
-- Nuggets coach George Karl

INSIDE THE ARENA: Aaron Hern, a 12-year-old boy from the East Bay city of Martinez who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, attended Game 6 with his family. Hern met Jackson and Warriors general manager Bob Myers before the game. Hern received a loud ovation during a timeout in the first period when his image appeared on the video screens above center court and he was introduced to the crowd. Hern turned 12 on Wednesday.

ROOKIE WATCH: Green made a big impact off the bench with his double-double. At one point late in the fourth when Denver was roaring back, Green made a pair of free throws after a hard drive to the hoop then added a tip-in.

NOTABLE: The Warriors shot only 40.3 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from long range, but the Nuggets were even worse. They shot 34.7 percent from the field and 25.0 percent on 3s. ... The Warriors outrebounded Denver 55-44 overall, but the Nuggets had 20 offensive boards to just 13 for Golden State. ... Warriors guard Klay Thompson went cold in Game 6, hitting 3-for-13 overall and going 0-for-6 from long range."

UP NEXT: Round 2, Game 1 Monday @ San Antonio at 9:30 p.m. ET; Game 2 Wednesday @ San Antonio at 9:30 p.m. ET.