NBA Playoffs: Golden State Warriors send Denver Nuggets home

It took a hard fight, but in the end the Golden State Warriors in game 5 against the Nuggets won 102: 98 and thus won the round of first round. In a hot final phase, Stephen Curry defies the strong Nikola Jokic.

Golden State Warriors (3) – Denver Nuggets (6) 102: 98 (boxcore), series: 4-1

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The chef scored 30 points (5/11 threes) and collected 5 rebounds and 5 assists on the way to the first playoff series win since 2019. Klay Thompson (15) and the strong reservist Gary Payton II (15, 6/8 FG) Supported support, on the other hand, Jordan Poole remained pale (8, 3/10 FG, 5 fouls).

The home side didn’t have it easy in game 5, Denver fought with everything it had. With 30 points (10 of them in the last four minutes) at 12/18, Nikola Jokic in particular defended himself from the field and 19 rebounds and 8 assists (at 6 turnover). In addition, Demarcus also delivered important scoring with a playoff-career-high (19, 8/12 FG), Aaron Gordon still came to 15 points, wants Barton and Monte Morris to 14.

Denver developed advantages on the boards, which were reflected in 14: 6 offensive rebounds and 18: 9 Second Chance Points. However, due to the weak shoot, the guests did not manage to punish a partially presented Warriors zone defense (6/29 threesome, 20.7 percent). In addition, they also lost Austin Rivers (thigh injury) and Jokic and Bones Hyland also fought their way through the evening.

In the final phase, the joker nevertheless delivered a gripping duel, but the Splash Brother had the last word. “The man is a warrior,” enthused Nugget coach Michael Malone from his center. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said: “Jokic is just silly.”

Draymond Green also had nothing but respect for the MVP candidate: “I thanked him for making me better. It is an honor and a pleasure to play against someone who is so talented. Usually these talented boys are Soft, it is very far from soft. ” The Dubbs now meet the winner from Grizzlies vs. Wolves in the second playoff round.

nuggets bank around cousins strong – warriors not in rhythm

The Warriors sent their enormously dangerous three-Guard Lineup with Curry, Thompson and Poole to the floor from the start, so the chef was back in the Starting Five, which was completed by Green and Wiggins. Curry sank two threes directly in the early minutes, but Denver held attacks into the zone against the small lineup (16 out of 25 points in the first quarter in the zone).

In the meantime, the body language of the guests was not good, Morris scolded his teammates after he was left completely alone in Transition and the Dubs earned a 7-point lead by And-One. Afterwards, however, Golden State went through a four -minute dry spell, which first ended the pool – 30:25 for the Warriors after the first round.

The Nuggets bank around Cousins gave Denver more than proper minutes and thus a breather. With their attacks, the guests worked out numerous trips to the freewurfine, but where they left some lying down (13/20 ft in half -time one). The Warriors were also completely out of their offensive rhythm (6/18 threesome one half -time one, 18 points in the second quarter) – also due to good Nuggets defense – and Denver took the lead towards the end of the second quarter. Thompson struck back from the corner and so it went into the half -time break with 48:48.

The start of the second half belonged to the nuggets (16: 6 run), which also stole the energy for Warriors fans. The Chase Center was back in the middle of the third quarter when Golden State with a box-and-one defense against Jokic brought out the rhythm and curry walved his first three after the early minutes-and immediately followed the next. Again it was the bank that gained an advantage for the nuggets, Cousins put from Downntown to 78:70 after 36 minutes.

NBA Playoffs: Curry has the last word against Jokic

Jokic had problems with his thigh and five fouls about eight minutes before the end, a 16: 6 run and a Payton triander brought Golden State back to the front. Afterwards, however, no jumper wanted to fall on both sides for a long time, Thompson and Curry put an end to the. The joker now got on the way and held against it, it went into the extremely exciting final phase (92:90 Warriors two minutes before the end).

Gordon had Curry too easy to penetrate into the zone, Payton II sank another important threesome and another curry drive had the home side sniffed on the second round. Jokic, who had scored ten Nuggets counters in a row, did not give up, but failed from Downtown. Then Golden State closed the sack from the free -wire line.

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NBA Playoffs – Warriors vs. Nuggets: The series at a glance (4-1)

Game |
Date |
Time |
Home |
About |
result
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1 |
17.
April |
2.30 a.m. |
Golden State Warriors |
Denver nuggets |
123: 107
2 |

19.
April |
4 o’clock |
Golden State Warriors |
Denver nuggets |
126: 106
3 |
22.
April |
4 o’clock |
Denver nuggets |
Golden State Warriors |
113: 118
4 |
24.
April |
9:30 p.m. |
Denver Nuggets |
Golden State Warriors |
126: 121
5 |
28.
April |
4 o’clock |
Golden State Warriors |
Denver nuggets |
102: 98

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