(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Even with a sore left ankle, Stephen Curry couldn’t be stopped.
He scored 31 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Denver Nuggets 115-101 on Sunday night to take a 3-1 series lead.
Curry scored 22 of his points in the third quarter to help the Warriors push the Nuggets to the bring of elimination. He received a pain-killing injection before the game and was able to completely take over the game.
“It was almost like a boxer that knew he was on the ropes, because it was just a matter of time,” Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said.
Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bogut combined to score 33 points for the Warriors, who can close out the series with a win in Denver on Tuesday night.
Ty Lawson paced the Nuggets with 26 points. Even with the loss, the team still believes they can win the series.
“The next 48 hours are going to be difficult, to say the least,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “They found some magic, and we have to find a way to take it away.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire