Apr 26, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Nuggets 110-108. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Curry Leads Warriors to Victory in Game 4, Take Strangle Hold of Series

If anyone considered the Warriors “underdogs” heading into this series, they were plain wrong.

The Warriors seemingly adjusted to everything the Nuggets threw their way, defeating Denver 115-101 in front of a raucous crowd at Oracle Arena.

With yet another signature shooting performance, Stephen Curry’s 31 points and seven assists led the way. He drilled six 3-pointers and scored 22 points alone in the third quarter. The “human torch” had his way all night long.

The Warriors led 56-44 at halftime after closing on a 9-0 run, reminiscent of Game 3 for the Nuggets, who had a 12-point lead at the break on Friday night.

However, unlike the Nuggets, Golden State did not cough up the advantage. Ty Lawson, who finished with 26 and had another good night, scored 15 points within the first six minutes of the third and pulled the Nuggets within four points. That would be as close as they would get, as Curry took over with a shooting barrage for the ages. He himself went on a 12-2 run against Denver, and pushed the Warriors lead to 91-72 going into the final frame, an advantage they would easily hold.

Other Notes:

  • Andrew Bogut had a solid game, scoring 12 points, including a monster dunk on Javale McGee in the first quarter.
  • Harrison Barnes, on the other hand, had a quiet night with only four rebounds and shot 2/9 from the field. Barnes had 24 and 19 in Games 2 and 3.
  • The Warriors committed just 16 turnovers, a drastic improvement from last game. They forced Denver into 23 miscues.
  • Draymond Green scored 13 points with two 3-pointers. Yes, you read that right.
The Warriors now have a 3-1 lead in the series, which shifts back to Denver on Tuesday. A win would clinch the series, and set up a likely second round matchup against the Spurs.

 

 

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