Denver Nuggets prevent sweep against Warriors despite Curry explosion last quarter

The Denver Nuggets averted the first-round sweep and beat the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in an exciting match. Nikola Jokic was again the excellent man, but Monte Morris and Aaron Gordon were also in good spirits. The curry blast last quarter was not enough for the Dubs.

Denver Nuggets (6) – Golden State Warriors (3) 126: 121 (BOXSCORE), Series: 1-3

Nikola Jokic also proved in the fourth game of the series that apart from Draymond Green, there is no one in the Warriors squad who can really stop him. The Big Man set another monster statline (37 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) and got scoring assists that night from Monte Morris (24, 5/7 3FG) and Aaron Gordon (21). Bones Hyland threw in 15 points from the bench.

Stephen Curry, again used as the sixth man, was the top scorer for the visitors with 33 points (15 of them in the fourth quarter), thereby weakening Splash Brother on the free throw line for his standards (10/14 FT). ). “It’s a bad feeling,” Curry said of his four missed free throws. “That’s actually what I’m good at.” Klay Thompson, on the other hand, did what he is good at throwing (32, 7/11 3FG). Andrew Wiggins had 20 points, Draymond Green, as so often happens, did a bit of each (13, 11 rebounds, 6 assists).

Golden State started the match with high pace and energy, Thompson’s first two threes found their way through the net, and it looked like the Warriors train was starting to roll early. However, the Dubs’ quick 13-6 lead did not last long as Denver increased the intensity at the defensive end and created a couple of easy quick break points.

Nikola Jokic starts with 18 points in the first quarter

As a reminder, Golden State had thrown 52 percent off the field in the first three games of the series, plus a three-point rate of 54 percent (!). In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors had a casting rate of 30 percent (8/26 FG). In the offense, the Nuggets provoked a couple of errors and got 12 free throws, the Warriors had only been on the free throw line twice until then. Jokic formed a one-man army in the first 12 minutes, scoring 18 of the Nuggets’ 26 total points. The Serb’s explosion and high penalty throw ensured Denver entered the second quarter with a 5-point lead (26:21).

Here, in addition to the joker, other Nuggets players finally went on the offensive, above all Hyland (11 points, 4/6 FG), who in this phase flipped the home fans out with three triple triples within just under a minute. The hosts’ sudden 17-point lead (40:23) forced Steve Kerr to take a time-out.

Meanwhile, the visitors switched to a zone defense and were able to reduce the gap to 8 points, Wiggins showed the most resistance with 11 points (5/6 FG) in this phase. Denver equalized with Jokic receiving the ball several times in the high post and directing the offense from there. So the hosts got a number of open throws and the Nuggets continued to spend a lot of time on the free throw line – the lead grew and was quickly back on the double digit.

Particularly annoying for the Warriors: Thompson got his fourth foul just a few seconds before the end of the first half. The Dubs’ 13 turnovers, which resulted in 20 Nuggets points, must also have been a thorn in Steve Kerr’s eye. From Denver’s point of view, the break was +11 (63:52).

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