Wow! Where do I start?? That was UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE!!!
The Warriors, just three days removed from losing Game 1, and only two days from hearing that All-Star forward David Lee was out for the year with a torn right hip flexor, put together a game that goes down as one of the best shooting performances in NBA playoff history.
The 131-117 victory over Denver tied the series at 1 game apiece…A team hadn't scored at least 131 points in a non-overtime playoff game since 1995, the soon to be champion Houston Rockets accomplishing that against Utah…by the way, Stephen Curry was 7, Klay Thompson was 5 years old and Harrison Barnes would turn 3 later that year. (I don’t know what I was thinking looking that up, just makes me feel old).
Head Coach Mark Jackson had the team ready; they played smart and hard, putting forth one of the more memorable playoff outings in recent memory.
Warriors shot 64.6% from the field, best by any team in a playoff game since the Jazz shot 65.1% in a win over the Suns in 1991. The Warriors’ highest FG% in the regular season was 57.9% (3/4 vs. Toronto). Nuggets’ opponent high was 54.0 (11/30 at LAL).
Stephen Curry scored 30 points Tuesday, but his 13 assists led to another 33 points and he had only one turnover. Stephen Curry has the Warriors' first 30-point playoff game since Baron Davis scored 32 in Game 3 vs. Utah (5/11/07)
Listen to Stephen Curry after the game as he spoke to the press from the interview room podium...
11 different people tweeted me this after game: “ I’ve never seen guys shoot it like that” - Charles Barkley during postgame coverage on @NBAonTNT
The Warriors snapped Denver's 24-game home win streak, handing the Nuggets their first loss at Pepsi Center since Jan. 18 (WAS). The Nuggets other 2 home losses this year were to Minnesota and Miami.
Harrison Barnes' 24-point game is the first 20-point performance by a Warriors rookie in a playoff game since Billy Owens had 21 on 4/30/92 at Seattle, also vs. George Karl. The 24 points also set a new career-high for Barnes, surpassing his previous high of 21.
Here is the post game conversation with Harrison with yours truly and Tom Tolbert...
Here is also the call that Tom and I had of Harrison’s nasty dunk over Anthony Randolph:
So now onto Game 3 at Oracle, which I know will be absolutely crazy on Friday. Make sure you get there early or take BART because there is baseball next door. Bring your headset radio and join Tom Tolbert and yours truly starting at 7 p.m. on KNBR 1050 for the call (87.8 FM inside the Arena).
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