SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry scored 30 factors in his return to Golden State’s beginning lineup and the Warriors beat Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets 102-98 on Wednesday night time to finish the first-round collection in 5 video games.
Curry transformed a three-point play with 1:33 left and scored once more with 29 seconds remaining to assist ship the Warriors on to the second spherical within the Western Conference.
Jokic scored 12 of his 30 factors within the remaining 3:46 and completed with 19 rebounds and eight assists.
The Warriors superior to play the winner of the Memphis-Minnesota, with the Grizzlies up 3-2 going into Game 6 on Friday night time in Minneapolis. Memphis eradicated Golden State within the play-in spherical final 12 months.
Jokic tied it at 90 on an 18-footer with 2:26 remaining earlier than Golden State’s Gary Payton II made a layup moments later. Payton additionally hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the baseline nook in entrance of Denver’s bench with 6:57 left to place Golden State up 86-84 and completed with 15.
Jokic transformed two free throws with 3:46 left after Draymond Green’s foul the Golden State defensive star wished known as on the 7-footer. Jokic wound up 12 for 18 from the ground. DeMarcus Cousins added 19 factors off the bench towards his former Golden State crew, and Aaron Gordon had 15 factors and 9 rebounds.
Denver made 7 of its first 10 pictures after halftime to show a 48-48 tie right into a 10-point lead, 66-56. Curry’s 3 with 4:06 left pulled the Warriors to 68-67.
Curry shot 10 of twenty-two with 5 3-pointers. He got here off the bench the primary 4 video games with the collection starting one month from when he sprained a ligament in his left foot March 16 towards Boston.
Coach Steve Kerr went small with Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson as Kevon Looney got here off the bench. Thompson had 15 factors and 9 rebounds.
Kerr challenged the Warriors to “get back to being us.” They had given up 30 factors off 15 turnovers and dedicated 27 fouls that led to 36 free throws for Denver in a 126-121 street loss Sunday.