It wasn't how coach Mark Jackson drew it up, and it certainly wasn't as pretty as the Game 2 victory in Denver. But despite the multitude of errors, despite allowing the Nuggets to finally play their game, despite trying to give it away down the stretch, the Warriors took control of the series. Friday's ulcer-causing 110-108 win in Game 3 put the Warriors ahead 2-1 in the first-round Western Conference series. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had 29 points, 11 assists and six rebounds despite playing on a gimpy wheel. Point guard Jarrett Jack had 23 points and seven assists starting in place of injured forward David Lee for the second consecutive game. Forward Carl Landry had 19 points off the bench. The Warriors survived a critical turnover and two missed free throws by getting the kind of defensive stops that defined their season. They outrebounded Denver, again, and though the Nuggets shot 46.5 percent, Golden State was able to make the plays it needed to win. The Warriors overcame a monster game from Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (35 points and 10 assists) and now have a chance to put Denver in a choke hold with a win in Game 4 on Sunday. The fourth quarter was riveting from the outside, with an all-gold Oracle Arena crowd on its feet most of the quarter. Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph, a former Warrior, opened the fourth quarter consecutive baskets inside, giving the Nuggets an 88-87 lead. But Golden State took control of the game with three straight baskets: a layup by rookie forward Harrison Barnes layup, a 3-pointer by rookie forward Draymond Green, and a jumper by Carl Landry. The 7-0 run put Golden State up 94-88 with just over nine minutes left in the game. The Warriors, who had been behind by as much as 13, now had the advantage of playing front-runner. And every time Denver encroached their lead, the Warriors answered. Green dropped in a reverse layup after a dunk by Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried. Curry then dropped in a floater after another Faried stuff. Golden State led 98-94 with 4:59 left. After a Corey Brewer tip-in, the Curry scooped in a finger roll to push the lead back to four.
Warriors win Game 3, take control of series
San Jose Mercury News | Apr 27