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Warriors beat Nuggets for 3-1 edge
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 29, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
OAKLAND — In a sea full of yellow, Stephen Curry was simply golden. Again. The Golden State Warriors guard put on yet another virtuoso performance on Sunday night at Oracle Arena, thrilling this electric sellout crowd that donned those team-issued T-shirts and putting the Denver Nuggets in a 3-1 series hole with a 115-101 win.
“He was always an All-Star!” one fan yelled as the flags waved and the music blared late.
No arguments here.
If playoff performances are the most influential part of a player’s legacy — and they are — then Curry may well be remembered as one of the greats by the time this series is over. With the Nuggets within four midway through the third quarter, Curry scored 22 of his 31 points points during a 25-10 Warriors run that put them up 91-72 entering the fourth quarter all lasted just over six minutes.
This came, of course, after his 30-point, 13-assist outing in Game 2 and the 29-point, 11-assist Game 3 performance in Game 3 that came after there was some question as to whether he would even play because of a left ankle turn. Curry, who hit 10 of 16 overall and six of 11 from three-point range, has Golden State on the verge of a most unexpected second-round series.
Nuggets coach George Karl was clear about the improvements he wanted to see before tipoff, when he shared how he’d asked his team to win the rebounding battle for the first time in this series and pointed to Andre Iguodala and Kenneth Faried as the two players who needed to take their games up a serious notch. Two of those things took place, as Iguodala was aggressive and had 19 points while Denver won the boards battle 37-29. But with center Andrew Bogut carrying the Warriors in the first half and Curry in the second, it didn’t matter.
During a first half that the Warriors led 56-44, Bogut inspired the kinds of cheers typically reserved for those trampoline dunkers that entertain NBA crowds the league over during breaks in the action. You could multiply the typical decibel level by at … [For more on Stephen Curry, Warriors beat Nuggets for 3-1 series edge, click here.]
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