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Lee hurt as Nuggets hang on vs. Warriors
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 20, 2013 @ 9:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
Thirty-seven-year-old Andre Miller scored 28 points to lead the Denver Nuggets as they took the first game of their first-round playoff series with the Golden State Warriors 97-95. Miller drove for a layup as time wound down with the score tied, and the Warriors were unable to get a shot off in the final second.
Warriors forward David Lee suffered a right hip flexor strain in the second half after a collision with Nuggets center JaVale McGee and did not return to the game.
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However, while one half of Golden State’s frontcourt went down with an injury, the Warriors were kept afloat by the other. Center Andrew Bogut, who has dealt with various injuries since being acquired at the 2012 trade deadline, looked like the Bogut who was one of the best big men in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks. He finished with nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocks and anchored Golden State’s defense.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who set the record for most three-pointers made in a season, struggled to score in the first half but heated up in the second. He finished with 19 points on 9-for-20 shooting and nine assists, including a game-tying three with under a minute left.
Outside of Miller, Denver found success with a balanced scoring attack. Ty Lawson had 12 points, Wilson Chandler and Evan Fournier had 11 each, and Corey Brewer added 10 off the bench. However, the night belonged to Miller, who heated up in the second half and shot an efficient 11-for-16 from the field on the night.
Lee’s status is unknown for the second game of the series, which takes place at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. He will undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury. The Nuggets were without starting power forward Kenneth Faried, who is expected to play in Game 2 after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday.… [For more on David Lee hurt as Nuggets hang on against Warriors, click here.]
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