April 17, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard (11) fouls Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) in the second half at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

VIdeo: Harrison Barnes Throws Down Reverse Slam on Anthony Randolph


The Golden State Warriors took down the Denver Nuggets 131-117 on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center, an arena that the Nuggets hadn’t lost in for more than four months.

Aside from Stephen Curry scoring 30 points and dishing out 13 assists, some key players stepped up to the occasion for some major contributions.

April 17, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard (11) fouls Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) in the second half at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrett Jack notched 26 points and seven rebounds, while Klay Thompson also pitched in 21 points of his own, including his 5-of-6 shots from behind the arc.

But there was one other player who played a significant role in Golden State’s huge victory, and his name is Harrison Barnes.

Barnes, who started the game at power forward for the injured David Lee (out for playoffs with torn right hip flexor), played beautifully.

In just his second career playoff game, Barnes scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, but also dished out two assists. The rookie out of North Carolina was playing aggressively, and his confidence was through the roof.

Pull-up jumpers, driving layups and ferocious slams were all part of Barnes’ magnificent night. And speaking of ferocious slams…

Barnes threw down one of the nastiest dunks of the postseason, a reverse dunk over Nuggets big man Anthony Randolph.


His dunk drew plenty of attention from social media last night, and here are a few of people’s responses.

And Barnes even threw in a funny quote to go with it all, saying he looked like Richard Jefferson back in his glory days on the play.

Barnes’ monster Game 2 was terrific, but the Warriors will (and should) expect much bigger things from him in the future. His performance on Tuesday night was just a small sample size of his true potential.

 

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