The Golden State Warriors hosted the Denver Nuggets in Oakland on Friday night with the winner taking a coveted 2-1 lead in the series. Game 3 came down to a cardiac conclusion, but the Warriors held on for the 110-108 win.
It was a game for the point guards, as Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State with 29 points, while Ty Lawson posted a game-high 35 for third-seeded Denver.
Golden State came within a 42-footer from Andre Iguodala of fumbling away control of the series, but it caromed off the iron and the sixth-seeded Warriors seized a surprising 2-1 edge.
Golden State returned to the Oracle Arena having accomplished the unthinkable: winning a game at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets lost there only three times during the regular season, but the Warriors shot their way to victory in Game 2.
Evening the series in Denver was even more impressive considering Golden State had just lost its double-double machine, David Lee, to a torn hip flexor in Game 1. The Warriors entered Friday with most of the momentum behind them, though, and they never stopped fighting until the final buzzer.
The Nuggets led at halftime 66-54, as they outshot the Warriors (53.3 percent to 51.3) and enjoyed a considerable turnover advantage (seven to 14).
Clearly, Mark Jackson had something powerful to say at halftime, as the Warriors blew the doors off in the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 33-18. Curry scored nine points in the frame and Jarret Jack had 10, combining for more than the Nuggets in the quarter by themselves.
In a tense fourth quarter, the Warriors held off the desperate Nuggets in a wild final few minutes that saw a litany of missed shots and unfortunate errors.
The Dubs now lead the series 2-1 with a chance to extend their advantage on Sunday night before the teams head back to Colorado. Now let's go inside the game and hand out grades for all the action.