Nuggets Hold Off Warriors to Avoid Elimination
(DENVER) — The Denver Nuggets regained their confidence just in time.
Andre Iguodala led six players in double figures with 25 points as the Nuggets topped the Golden State Warriors 107-100 on Tuesday night to cut their series deficit to 3-2.
The Nuggets never trailed and used stifling defense to slow down Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who finished with a series-low of 15 points.
Tempers flared a bit as Warriors coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of trying to hurt Curry during the game, mentioning a few screens set by Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried that he believed were fouls.
“Some dirty plays early,” Jackson said. “It’s playoff basketball. That’s all right. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball — not trying to hurt anybody.”
“It’s basketball,” countered Faried. “I try to do the little things my team needs me to do. It’s physical. If you can’t stand the physicality, you shouldn’t be playing.”
Rookie forward Harrison Barnes scored a team-high 23 points for the Warriors.
The series shifts to Oakland Thursday night for Game 6.
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