Warriors vs. Nuggets Video: Watch Andre Miller's Game-Winner
With so much talent on the Denver Nuggets roster, it's hard to think that savvy, veteran point guard Andre Miller would be the one to take a potential game-winning shot in a playoff series.
Then again, with 18 points in the fourth quarter, the decision to put the ball in Miller's hands was actually not a decision at all.
With the Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors tied at 95, George Karl put faith in his 37-year-old backup point guard once more, and Miller didn't disappoint him.
Check out the video if you don't believe me.
Taking his time at the top of the key, Miller stared down rookie Draymond Green before making a simple crossover move to his left. Reaching the paint, he then veered back to the right in midair to put in a right-handed layup, giving Denver a 1-0 series lead over Golden State.
For a second, it looked like Stephen Curry would be the hero in this game.
With the Warriors losing by three and down to a final possession, Curry hit a deep three-pointer to knot up the game at 95, forcing Karl to call a timeout and giving him a chance to put Miller back in the game.
What followed changed the fortunes of Curry, Miller and both of these teams, as the Warriors will now have their work cut out for them in Game 2 before the series heads back to the Bay Area.
Miller finished with 28 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets, but none were bigger than this shot to sink the Dubs in this opening-game thriller. If this is what the 2013 NBA playoffs will be like, then fans will be spoiled over the next two months.
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