Warriors eliminate Denver with 92-88 win in Game 6

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2013 at 1:38 am •  Published: May 3, 2013
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Green also made a corner 3 in front of Denver's bench, and Klay Thompson hustled for a rebound and a quick put-back to put the Warriors up 80-62 with 9:11 to play.

The Nuggets failed to score for nearly six minutes during the stretch. But they rallied with 13 straight, held the Warriors scoreless for almost five minutes and gave the fans in Oakland reason to worry.

After the Warriors went back ahead by nine, they nearly collapsed again. Wilson Chandler stole the rebound from Green for an easy layup to get within four, Iguodala hit another from long range and Kenneth Faried made 1 of 2 free throws to bring Denver within two with 32.4 seconds to play.

Iguodala stole Thompson's pass on the ensuing play. Chandler's running layup rimmed out, he missed a put-back and then knocked the ball out in a scrum — a call that stood after a video review and had the Nuggets questioning whether the ball ever bounced out.

"They made the call. The refs make mistakes," Nuggets guard Andre Miller said.

The Nuggets were forced to intentionally foul Jack, who made both free throws to give Golden State a 92-88 lead with 7.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Miller missed a 3 and Faried clanked a meaningless jumper as the buzzer sounded, touching off the emotional celebration.

The Warriors advanced to the second round for the first time since 2007, when the "We Believe" team upset top-seeded Dallas in similar fashion — at home and in Game 6. Golden State lost to Utah in the second round that season.

"To finally get it done, it's kind of a hazy feeling," Curry said. "Just a sense of relief the way the game finished."

Golden State seemed to have an answer for everything Denver threw its way in this series.

Even All-Star forward David Lee made a surprising return — "part of it was for inspiration," Jackson said — for the Warriors after not dressing the previous four games with what the team had called a season-ending hip injury. He grabbed one rebound and missed one jumper in 87 seconds off the bench in the first quarter.

Bogut's big first half — 10 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists — allowed the Warriors to erase a nine-point deficit, and they sliced Denver's lead to 42-40 at the half behind a late surge of shooting from their guards on the perimeter.

Faried, the target of Jackson's accusations of "dirty play" in Game 5, picked up his fourth foul with 10:23 to play in the third quarter. Three of those fouls came in the first 1:37 of the third before Nuggets coach George Karl took him out.

Soon after, Curry took control to send the Nuggets home for good.

NOTES: Aaron Hern, an 11-year-old from nearby Martinez, who was injured in the bombings during the Boston Marathon, attended the game with his family and was honored on the videoboard during the first quarter. ... The Warriors are 10-1 in home playoff games in which they had a chance to win the series since moving to the Bay Area prior to the 1962-63 season.