OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Playing on a sprained left ankle, Stephen Curry has the Golden State Warriors on firm footing in the playoffs.
Curry overcame his latest ankle injury to score 29 points and hand out 11 assists, and the Warriors outlasted the Denver Nuggets 110-108 on Friday night to take a 2-1 series lead.
"Feels good. Just thankful to be able to get through the game without any incidents," said Curry, who had ice wrapped around his ankle in the locker room.
Jarrett Jack added 23 points and seven assists, and Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry each scored 19 points to help the Warriors rally from 13 points down in the third quarter.
They still had to sweat out Andre Iguodala's missed 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, setting off a gold-confetti celebration throughout the announced sellout crowd of 19,596, which stood for most of the fourth quarter in Golden State's first home playoff game since 2007 and just the second postseason appearance in 19 years.
"There's nothing like something being as good as advertised," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "They were loud. They were consistent and we fed off them even when we didn't match their intensity."
Ty Lawson had a career playoff-high 35 points to go with 10 assists, and reserve Corey Brewer scored 16 points as Denver dropped its second straight game — and its grip on the best-of-seven series.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Oakland.
"There was a lot of good tonight," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "I told the team after the game, 'The process of the NBA playoffs is to get better. We got better tonight. We didn't win tonight. But there's a process going on, and it's just two wins. They're only halfway there.'"
The teams traded spectacular shots for most of the game, especially in the closing moments.
Curry, wearing a large white brace around both ankles, crossed over Kenneth Faried and then dropped in a high-arching lefty floater. Curry added another on the next possession — only with his right hand, and this time hitting almost all net to put the Warriors back up four.
Faried, who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, followed with a reverse layup. A few plays later, Curry stole the ball from Andre Miller from behind and then nearly dropped in another floater as Wilson Chandler fouled him. Curry's free throws gave Golden State a 108-102 lead with 1:54 remaining.
After Denver called timeout, Lawson's layup over Draymond Green started a three-point play. Denver got a stop before Lawson's 3-pointer hit the front iron and Curry corralled the rebound — but then missed a layup on the other end.
Twice given a chance to either tie or take the lead, Denver blew both.
Iguodala got caught in the air trying to make a pass, Jack batted it away and hit 1 of 2 free throws for a 109-105 lead with 21.5 seconds to play. Chandler stunned the crowd with a quick 3 from the corner, the Nuggets covered Curry on the ensuing inbound and Jack was called for a rare 5-second violation.
Klay Thompson and backup center Festus Ezeli trapped Lawson off a pick-and-roll, and Lawson dribbled the ball off his leg and out of bounds. Officials confirmed the call with a video review.