Hysterical (adj.): deriving from or affected by uncontrolled emotion.
The best word to describe Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets was “hysterical.”
From the heroics of Stephen Curry to the half-court heave that nearly won the game for the Nuggets, the scene at Oracle Arena on Friday night was nothing short of chaotic, unbelievable, and hysterical.
The Warriors edged out a 110-108 victory to take a 2-1 series lead in the opening round, but things didn’t go according to plan.
Twenty-one turnovers were committed by the home team, including a crucial one with nine seconds remaining when Jarrett Jack could not inbound the ball with the Warriors up by one, resulting in a turnover.
The Nuggets, however, returned the favor right back when Ty Lawson lost the ball out of bounds. A desperation prayer by Andre Iguodala was nearly answered, but glanced off the front rim as the final buzzer sounded.
Lawson had a game-high 35 points, with Corey Brewer chipping in 16 off the bench, seemingly having found his stroke.
Curry led the Warriors with 29 — including four 3-pointers and a perfect 9/9 showing from the line. He was helped out by Jack, who put up 23, but committed an astounding seven turnovers on his own.
After an even first quarter, the Nuggets outscored the Warriors by 12 in the second. Golden State’s weakness showed when Curry sat with three fouls, as Denver closed on a 9-2 run to end the half.
The Warriors more than made up for it in the third quarter. A quick 16-2 run, capped off by a Curry 3-pointer, gave them a 74-73 lead. This time, when Curry went to the bench near the end of the frame, the Warriors went on a little 6-0 burst to overcome a four-point deficit.
Golden State led by three heading into the fourth quarter, and the two squads traded baskets for a while. In the process, Curry made a couple ridiculous floaters over the outstretched arms of the defenders.
In the end, they survived. Despite the turnovers and poor decision-making, the Warriors hung on by a thread and came out victorious.
The raucous crowd of over 19,000 at Oracle Arena went away with something to cheer about: a 2-1 series lead in favor of the underdog Warriors.