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Nuggets bounce back to beat Warriors
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 30, 2013 @ 11:56 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sean Highkin, USA TODAY Sports
Small-ball was not working for George Karl, so for Game 5 of the Denver Nuggets’ first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, he went in a different direction.
In JaVale McGee’s first start of the season, the Nuggets bounced back from three straight losses and beat the Warriors 107-101 on Tuesday. The win cut the Warriors’ series lead to 3-2.
After the Warriors rode a hot shooting streak to three consecutive wins in the series, Golden State’s shots stopped falling on Tuesday. Stephen Curry shot 7-for-19 from the field for 15 points, while Harrison Barnes had 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting and Jarrett Jack scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
The Nuggets dominated the paint in the first half with 34 points, led by Andre Iguodala and Wilson Chandler. Iguodala finished with a near triple-double, scoring 25 points and adding 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Chandler and Ty Lawson added 19 points apiece.
The Warriors bounced back in the second half and cut the Nuggets’ lead to five in the fourth quarter on the back of a run by Curry and Jack. However, a few costly turnovers and fouls late in the game allowed Denver to put the game away.
The series returns to Oracle Arena at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday. The game will air on TNT. The winner will face the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the playoffs.… [For more on Nuggets bounce back at home to beat Warriors, click here.]
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