Heroes from Golden State Warriors' 1st-Round Upset of Denver Nuggets

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Heroes from Golden State Warriors' 1st-Round Upset of Denver Nuggets
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In order for the Golden State Warriors to eliminate the higher-seeded Denver Nuggets in the first round, just about everyone assumed the Warriors would need everyone to play his absolute best.

After all, the Nuggets finished the regular season with 57 wins, 10 more than Golden State. They went 38-3 at home and hadn't lost in Denver since Jan. 18.

They also beat the Warriors three out of four times during the regular season, and that was back when Golden State was above them in the standings.

The Warriors, of course, won this series in six games. They did so even though Jarrett Jack committed 4.0 turnovers per game, doubling his regular-season total. They won despite Klay Thompson's uncharacteristically poor shooting from three-point range.

The Warriors won four out of five games against Denver after David Lee tore his hip flexor in Game 1.

Few people expected the Warriors to knock out the Nuggets, but no one expected them to do so without normal production from Thompson and Lee and with so much carelessness from Jack.

Luckily for Golden State, the following players rose to the occasion and carried the Warriors into the second round.

All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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