You knew Denver would make a run. And the one the Nuggets put together to end the third quarter puts Game 1 in jeopardy for the Warriors.
A 13-2 run over the last 3:47 of the third quarter has Golden State trailing 71-64 entering the fourth. Nuggets swingman Corey Brewer scored seven points during the spurt, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
The Warriors led 53-48 after a Curry fade-away. But they managed just a Festus Ezeli free throw over the next two minutes, allowing Denver to stay close. A hook by Nuggets center JaVale McGee cut the Warriors lead to two.
The teams traded baskets for a few minutes. Curry’s pull-up put Golden State ahead 62-58 with 3:48 left. Denver forward Wilson Chandler answered with a fade-away.
But, as was the case in the regular season, they got jumper happy and couldn’t score. The Warriors made one basket the rest of the way, a Thompson jumper with 55 seconds left.