Curry's can was the knife that finished the Nuggets' season and moved the Warriors to the 102-98 triumph, punching Golden State's pass toward the Western Conference elimination rounds. The Warriors advance to confront the champ of the Timberwolves-Grizzlies series, with Game 1 occurring when Sunday. Memphis has a 3-2 series lead over Minnesota going into Game 6 on Friday night.
For the first 30 minutes Wednesday night against the Nuggets, the Warriors looked lifeless, and Chase Center was nearly dead. The uncertain and nervous energy was palpable.
At the 6:20 mark of the third quarter, Draymond Green hit a 26-foot 3-pointer to bring the Warriors within six of the Nuggets. It gave them their initial push to breathe life back into themselves and the building. The fourth quarter is when they really came alive.
The Warriors at long last tracked down a hostile cadence, while likewise easing back the Nuggets on the opposite end. Nikola Jokic caused problems - - getting his fifth individual only seconds in the wake of looking into the quarter - - supporting the Warriors.
Curry led the Warriors with 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting, including five 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
Game 5 was Curry's initial beginning of this postseason and furthermore was whenever the Warriors' beginning unit first highlighted their newly discovered deadly little ball arrangement of Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins and Green. The unit's most memorable spell endured only three and a half minutes before Kevon Looney checked in for Poole. As a result of early fouling, the Warriors didn't return to that mix a lot.
Thompson added 15 focuses, while Green had 11 places, six helps, three squares and a take. Gary Payton II gave an instrumental lift off the seat, playing his licensed protection and scoring 15 focuses on 6-of-8 shooting, including a totally open 3 to give the Warriors a genuinely necessary 86-84 lead as they entered the last stretch of the game. He hit one more 3 to put the Warriors up with simply under brief left in the game.
After two victory games in Games 1 and 2, and two serious ones in Denver - - one win and one misfortune - - every one of the Warriors needed to do was tie the bow on their first-round series against the Nuggets in Chase Center's most memorable closeout game. Thompson ventured to say Game 5 was an absolute necessity dominate match. Not as in it was win-or-return home, yet in a way that was clear they couldn't give this Nuggets group, which has gotten back in the saddle previously, any more life and return to Denver. The Warriors let them stay close by more than they needed to in Game 5, in any case, they accomplished their objective.