David Lee provided the inspiration, and Stephen Curry provided the much-needed separation.
The sixth-seeded Warriors followed the two players who have led them all season and turned Oracle Arena into a place of hysteric celebration with a 92-88, series-clinching victory over third-seeded Denver in Game 6 on Thursday night.
"I got emotional, because of just how incredible of a blessing this is," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "I think that God has a sense of humor, because He wanted to show folks - at the end, as we threw the ball all over the place - that it's a miracle that we advanced."
The Warriors moved to 10-1 in home close-out games during their West Coast era (since 1962-63), won a postseason series for the first time since 2007 and will open a best-of-seven, second-round series at second-seeded San Antonio on Monday.
None of it came easy.
Lee, who was supposed to be sidelined for the rest of the postseason, shocked the 19,596 fans by participating in the pregame layup lines. When the All-Star forward checked into the game with 2:23 remaining in the first quarter and hobbled through 87 seconds of inspiring play with a completely torn right hip flexor, it whipped the crowd into a frenzy and his teammates into a second-half surge.
Curry took control from there, going into shoot-spin-and-dance mode in the third quarter. He was so confident in his silky jumper that he would release the shot, and instantly twist to retreat on defense and start celebrating.
He had 14 points on 4-for-5 three-point shooting to go with three assists and two rebounds in the quarter. The point guard dominated in two completely different ways during two stretches of just more than two minutes.
Curry scored 11 points in a 2:09 span to give the Warriors a 55-49 lead, then picked apart Denver with three assists in a 2:05 run that put the Warriors ahead 64-53 midway through the third quarter.
"I pulled him aside and told him, 'There's going to be a point in this game when you take over, because you're the best player on the floor,' " Jackson said. "Sure enough, that's exactly what took place."