"If we allow them to play their game, they (Denver Nuggets) are better than us."
Mark Jackson spoke that truth to his players right before the third half started, and while it almost motivated them to pull off an impressive comeback, it fell just short.
It's clear that the Warriors let the Nuggets play their game en route to a 107-100 Game 5 loss for Golden State.
Not only did they overpower them throughout the majority of the game on defense, the Nuggets also outscored the Warriors 50-24 in the paint.
The Warriors simply got outplayed, outworked and out-hustled for all 48 minutes in Denver. Not only did the Nuggets destroy the Warriors on the offensive glass with six more offensive rebounds, they also committed less turnovers, with just 12 turnovers as compared to the Warriors' 15.
An 11-0 run by the Warriors made things interesting in the fourth quarter, but the Nuggets responded with two alley-oops to Andre Iguodala and Kenneth Faried that ultimately kept the Warriors at bay.
Kenneth Faried, Ty Lawson and Andre Iguodala all tallied double-doubles and led the way for the Nuggets with 57 combined points, 25 rebounds and 18 assists.
The Warriors and Nuggets are all set for an intense Game 6 on Thursday night in Golden State, set to tip off at 10:30 p.m. ET. You won't want to miss that one, it is bound to be a classic