It wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done.
The Golden State Warriors took down the Denver Nuggets in front of a rocking Oracle Arena crowd on Thursday night, with a final score of 92-88. The win advances the Warriors to the next round of the NBA Playoffs, where they will be going up against the San Antonio Spurs. That series will start monday.
But about Thursday’s victory…
Andrew Bogut played a beautiful all-around basketball game. Arguably his best game in a Golden State uniform, Bogut posted 14 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, one assist, and four blocks. The stat line shows so much, especially the fact that he was playing his heart out on both sides of the ball, specifically on the boards. His 21 rebounds were very helpful as he kept the Denver bigs off the glass and the Warriors were able to contain the Nuggets’ aggressive rebounders like Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee.
Aside from the stat line, Bogut was also a force in the lane. He contested several shots in the paint and made the Nuggets players alter their shots several different times.
Another star was Stephen Curry, who scored 22 points and dished out eight assists, while also grabbing four rebounds. He electrified the roaring Oakland home crowd during the third quarter, when he torched Denver for 14 points in the quarter. His 3-point barrage had Warriors fans on their feet and cheering very loudly and proudly for their red-hot team.
The fourth quarter got very messy though and the Warriors ended up turning the ball over 10 times in the final quarter compared to the Nuggets’ one. It was an atrocious final six minutes played by Golden State but in the end, a win is a win.
The Warriors will take this win proudly and will now look to work harder and refocus for the even bigger challenge that awaits them, and that is Game 1 of their next round playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs that starts on Monday.