Warriors finish off Nuggets in David Lee's surprise return
... Bogut had season bests and career playoff highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds, and Green added a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to power Golden State into the second round for the first time in six years.
Bogut also became the first Warriors player with 20 rebounds in the playoffs since Larry Smith had 23 on May 12, 1987, at the Lakers. "It's very emotional for me because I've had a nightmare of a year," said Bogut, who added four blocks and three assists in an unforgettable performance after rehabilitating his left ankle most of the season...
Green also made a corner 3 in front of Denver's bench, and Klay Thompson hustled for a rebound and a quick putback to put the Warriors up 80-62 with 9:11 to play.
The Nuggets failed to score for nearly six minutes during the stretch. But they rallied with 13 straight, held the Warriors scoreless for almost five minutes and gave the fans in Oakland reason to worry.
After the Warriors went back ahead by nine, they nearly collapsed again. Wilson Chandler stole the rebound from Green for an easy layup to get within four, Iguodala hit another from long range and Kenneth Faried made 1 of 2 free throws to bring Denver within two with 32.4 seconds to play.
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Tbh #WeAreWarriors was more "We are Worried". Escaped that 1, will need more precision against #Spurs. Keep rolling! twitter.com/30HomeGames/st…
— Loz Intransit (@30HomeGames) May 3, 2013
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