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).
Curry finds its rhythm late
Despite his poor problems, Thompson started in the third quarter, rewarding his head coach’s confidence. Splash Brother burst into flames and scored 13 points alone on the scoreboard (5/7 FG), Green also increasingly made his mark on the game. The striker convinced in the offensive (9 points), on the other side of the floor he made life difficult for Jokic and got 2 steals.
Morris matched that with the Nuggets, lowering every single one of his five three-point attempts in the third period. The Joker contributed 11 points. Almost on their own, Morris and Jokic ensured that Denver went into the final quarter with a lead of 9 points (98:89) despite Golden States’ improved performance.
Until then, Curry was only able to get 5 of his 15 shots in the basket, but the crunch time should carry his signature. First, the Warriors superstar reduced the visitors’ deficit to 6 points (104: 98) with a game of 4 points. Jokic sat on the bench for a surprisingly long time and only came on again about seven minutes before the end.
The impending playoff finish seemed to upset the Nuggets a bit, with several turnovers sneaking in (5 in Q4), while the Warriors sensed the chance for a sweep. Green was awarded the sixth foul about two minutes after time, which took the game into the final stages.
Curry equalized with a one-on-one layup and the ensuing free throw (119: 119), in the next offensive possession he even put dubs in front with 2 points with a stepback jumper – Jokic and Morris gave the answer and brought it renewed lead for the hosts ( 123: 121).
After a Warriors timeout, the Austin Rivers intercepted a lob pass against Wiggins with about 32 seconds left (Jokic suspected the game from the bench and let his teammates know), on the other hand, three-point Will Barton Dagger from the corner after a strong pass from the Joker. “They are a championship team, we had to take the fight. I do not think we deserved the battle, it was also about pride. Today we fought, they are a strong opponent, but we won.” said the Serb in an interview after the game.
Warriors vs. Nuggets: The series at a glance
|1||April 17||02.30||Golden State Warriors||Denver Nuggets||123: 107|
|2||April 19th||4 o’clock||Golden State Warriors||Denver Nuggets||126: 106|
|3||April 22||4 o’clock||Denver Nuggets||Golden State Warriors||113: 118|
|4||April 24||21.30||Denver Nuggets||Golden State Warriors||126: 121|
|5||April 28||4 o’clock||Golden State Warriors||Denver Nuggets||–|
|6 *||April, 30||TBD||Denver Nuggets||Golden State Warriors||–|
|7 *||May 1||TBD||Golden State Warriors||Denver Nuggets||–|