Warriors progress and will face San Antonio in the second round.
The Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets with a 92-88 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night, sparking wild scenes of celebration at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Stephen Curry led the way with 22 points and eight assists, while Andrew Bogut had seasons-best and career-playoff highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds as Golden State head into the second round for the first time in six years.
Having been fined by the NBA for his post-game comments after Game 5, coach Mark Jackson was in a much better mood as his team sealed the series win over the Nuggets.
“When we go in the locker room, we’re jumping up and down, we’re hugging, we’re changed men. This is the greatest group of men as far as a team that I’ve ever been around or seen in my lift,” he said in his post-game intervew.
Jackson had previously stated that Denver had sent “hit-men” out on Curry in Game 5, but fortunately it didn’t add any further hostility to the game, with both teams maintaining their composure and belief in winning.
Andre Iguodala had 24 points, while Ty Lawson added 17 but it wasn’t enough to avoid another disappointing early exit for the Nuggets, who have now lost in the first round in nine of the past 10 seasons.
As for the Warriors, it was that man Curry who sparked them in the third quarter again, as he connected with four three-pointers to send the packed crowd in Oakland into a frenzy. However, there were nervous times thereafter, but the Warriors were able to hold on for an historic victory.