For the second consecutive game, the Warriors went into the locker room with a lead. This time, however, it seemed far more improbable.
With All-Star forward David Lee out with a torn right hip flexor, Warriors coach Mark Jackson threw a curveball and started back-up guard Jarrett Jack in his place. The decision to go small ball paid off as the Warriors torched the Nuggets defense.
The Warriors shot 61 percent in the first half to take a 61-53 lead into the locker room, beating Denver at its own game.
Point guard Stephen Curry, who was 7 of 20 in Game 1, got off to another rough start. He missed five of his first six shots. With Denver paying special attention to him, he started off distributing. Instead of staying behind the 3-point line, he split the double-team off the pick-and-roll and got into the lane. When the defense collapsed, he moved the ball, and his teammates knocked down shots. Thompson hit his first four. Rookie forward Drayond Green and veteran forward Richard Jefferson hit 3s off Curry’s drive-and-kick.
Eventually, Curry found a rhythm and took over the game. He scored 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting in the second quarter. His jumper with 2:52 put Golden State up 56-45.
Curry finished with half with 17 points on 8 of 15 shooting with seven assists.