"As soon as he gets the ball in the half court, he's in range," Bogut said.
Curry, wearing heavy tape around his nagging ankle, gave fans another scare when Corey Brewer poked Curry in the right eye going for a rebound early in the fourth. He returned about 4½ minutes later, receiving another standing ovation from the home fans and later said his eye wouldn't be an issue.
While Curry scored only seven points in the first half, Bogut broke out in a big way to provide the one-two punch Golden State had long envisioned.
The 7-footer from Australia had three big dunks in the first half, including a thunderous right-handed slam over JaVale McGee. Bogut, who received a technical foul in Game 3 for daring Denver's big man to punch him on the chin during a face-to-face altercation, stared back at McGee while backpedalling down court.
"I just gathered myself and the ankle held up," Bogut said.
Bogut sat out the final 4:37 of the first half with three fouls, and Andre Miller — whose last-second shot in Game 1 is the only thing keeping Denver alive — almost single-handily brought the Nuggets within a bucket. Then Curry hit his first 3-pointer of the game — officially a 27-footer that seemed closer to the scorer's table than the arc — as Golden State scored the last 11 points before the break to go ahead 56-44.
Lawson, who scored a career-playoff high 35 points in the Game 3 loss, rallied from a slow start to highlight a 14-4 run that sliced Golden State's lead to 62-58 midway through the third quarter. Just when it seemed they might crawl back, Curry countered one devastating swish after another to put a major dent in Denver's playoff hopes.
That's not the only patchwork needed, either.
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried kicked a hold in the wall just inside the visiting locker room afterward that symbolized his team's frustration. The scene was reminiscent of the hole Dirk Nowitzki put in the wall outside the locker room— which remains till this day — when he threw a chair after his top-seeded Dallas Mavericks were upset in the first round by Golden State in 2007.
"There's no good news," said Faried, who had eight points and 12 rebounds. "The effort of coming back and trying to keep playing, it was there. But when they come down and just hit 3s when you've just crossed half-court, you can't scheme around that. You can't stop that. We just have to find a way to not let them do that.
NOTES: For the third straight game, Jackson listed Carl Landry at power forward in his starting lineup submitted before the game, even though Harrison Barnes started at power forward and Landry came off the bench. Jackson said beforehand that he'd do it again because "it worked." Karl said it's not what coaches typically do but joked that Jackson is "consistent" and maybe "superstitious." ... Jackson's wife, Desiree Coleman Jackson, sang the national anthem.
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