Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors: Game 4 Score, Highlights and Analysis
It's Stephen Curry's world—we all just live in it.
The Denver Nuggets cut the Golden State Warriors' lead to just four points with about seven minutes left in the third quarter, and then Curry decided to go off—scoring 22 points in the final 6:21 of the quarter.
The Warriors never looked back, ultimately dismantling the Nuggets, 115-101, behind Curry, Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, who combined for 69 points on the night.
Will Ferrell describes the game during Curry's ridiculous run better than anyone else can.
The Warriors and Nuggets battled it out for the majority of the first half, but Golden State caught fire late in the second quarter.
The Warriors ended the final three minutes of the first half on an 11-0 run to take a commanding 12-point lead into the locker room.
The craziest part of their run was that it was rooted in intense and disciplined defense, which isn't something that they are known for.
Curry had an awful first half offensively, with just one field goal the entire half. Luckily, that field goal was a 30-footer that got the entire Oracle Arena crowd on its feet.
In addition to that dagger of a three, Curry dished out five assists—a number of which went to Andrew Bogut, who was in rare form, throwing down everything around the rim. Bogut ended the half with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Jack also played out of his mind in the first half, scoring 11 points on perfect shooting from the field while dishing out five assists.
The Nuggets didn't help themselves throughout the first 24 minutes, committing 14 turnovers and 15 personal fouls and scoring just 18 points in the paint. The only Denver player who shot at or above 50 percent from the field and attempted more than one field goal was Andre Iguodala, who had 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
Ty Lawson came out of halftime strong, scoring seven points in two minutes to start the third quarter. He didn't stop there, though. He owned the Warriors in the third, dropping 15 points in the period.
But not even Lawson could compare to Curry. The star guard had 22 points of his own in the third, including two ridiculously deep three-balls out of the Warriors' transition offense.
After Curry's remarkable third quarter, the Nuggets just couldn't bounce back, despite Lawson's 26 points, six assists and three rebounds. Iguodala added 19 points and eight rebounds, but his lack of defense on the perimeter hurt the Nuggets.
Jack did his best Curry impersonation with 21 points and nine assists, while missing just one shot all game long.
When the Warriors shoot 55.7 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from deep and they force 23 turnovers, they are an impossible team to beat.
The Warriors will look to earn their first playoff series win since 2007 when they travel to Denver on Tuesday night to face the Nuggets in Game 5 of the series.
While Curry's hot shooting was a major reason why the Warriors won Game 4, it didn't hurt that the game was played in the raucous Oracle Arena.
This is why I said the Warriors were so dangerous. Beating them in Oracle in a playoff setting is gonna be very difficult.— Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) April 29, 2013
Even though Curry ended the night with a memorable 31 points, and 22 in the third quarter, his shooting didn't get under way until he knocked down a nasty 30-footer in the first half.
OMG STEPH CURRY HITS ONE FROM SAN FRANCISCO..52-44 Warriors 2:03 left in the 2nd quarter— NBA Sports City (@NBASportsCity) April 29, 2013
The Warriors' offense was solid, but it didn't hurt that the Nuggets were continually turning the ball over.
Denver with 19 turnovers in the 3rd quarter. This is recipe for non-success.— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballSource) April 29, 2013
Curry missed a majority of the fourth quarter thanks to an inadvertent eye poke from Corey Brewer. Thankfully, the Warriors didn't need him after he helped build an insurmountable lead in the third quarter.
Apparently the only thing that can cool off Steph Curry is eye-poking.— SportsNation (@SportsNation) April 29, 2013
Overshadowed by Curry's superhuman performance, Jack put together an impressive game.
Jarrett Jack with 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting. No big deal.— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) April 29, 2013
It's safe to say that the Golden State faithful are in love with Curry, and he feels the same.
The fans at Oracle Arena love Steph Curry, and vice versa -> twitter.com/espn/status/32…— ESPN (@espn) April 29, 2013
Whether he likes it, it looks like Curry is going to be breaking some three-point records throughout his career.
Since the 3-point line was implemented, no NBA player has made as many 3s through his 1st 4 career playoff games as Stephen Curry— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 29, 2013
With the Warriors taking a commanding 3-1 lead in their series with the Nuggets, it's very possible that Curry is creeping toward that elusive elite status in the NBA.
They're going to check Steph Curry's last shot to see if it was a 3 or a 4.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 29, 2013
The Nuggets have a nearly impossible task of containing Curry, who is averaging 27.2 points per game in this series.
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