Denver Nuggets reduce Golden State's series lead to 3-2 | NBA
The Denver Nuggets beat Golden State 107-100, reducing the Warriors' lead in the best-of-seven West first-round series to 3-2. Golden State coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of dirty play.
DENVER — Kenneth Faried brought the energy and the Denver Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off playoff elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
The Nuggets slowed Golden State's guards and jump-started their transition game in Game 5, building a 22-point lead before weathering the Warriors' frenetic fourth-quarter charge.
Golden State coach Mark Jackson said Denver is targeting Warriors guard Stephen Curry and intentionally trying to hurt him. Jackson said some tactics used by the Nuggets were "dirty."
Game 6 is Thursday night in Oakland. Golden State leads the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series 3-2.
"We went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball, not trying to hurt anybody," Jackson said. "Take a look at the game. The screen on Curry, by the foul line, it was a shot at his ankle, clearly. That can't be debated."
Curry already has a sprained left ankle and a puffy right eye, caused by an accidental poke.
"I got a hit out on me," he said.
Denver's Andre Iguodala collected 25 points and 12 rebounds, Ty Lawson had 19 points and 10 assists and Faried added 13 points and 10 boards.
Curry missed his first five three-point attempts before finally connecting with 5:09 left to reduce Denver's lead to 96-91.
Curry finished with 15 points. Harrison Barnes led Golden State with 23 points and nine rebounds. Ex-Washington State standout Klay Thompson added 19 points.
Faried had seven points, eight boards and a big block in the first half as the third-seeded Nuggets raced to a 66-46 halftime lead.
Told Jackson thought Denver was trying to hurt Curry, Faried had a stunned look on his face.
"That's intriguing because I think they were purposefully trying to hurt me every play I went for a rebound — the hits, the grab to the throat, just the negative stuff you usually don't see in the regular season that's not getting called in the playoffs," Faried said.
Two Warriors — Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green — were called for flagrant fouls on Faried.
LOS ANGELES — Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Memphis Grizzlies capitalized on Blake Griffin's ankle injury to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-93, taking a 3-2 lead in their West first-round series.
Mike Conley added 20 points for the Grizzlies, who will try to wrap it up Friday night at home. The Pacific Division-champion Clippers would force a seventh game Sunday back at Staples Center with a victory in Memphis.
Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 35 points, tying a career playoff high.
Griffin rolled his right ankle in practice Monday when he stepped on Lamar Odom's foot and was limited to four points in 19 minutes.
Memphis made four turnovers in the first three quarters and none led to points by the Clippers.
• Even after every disappointment in the Los Angeles Lakers' lost season, superstar Kobe Bryant said he wants to keep their roster together.
Pau Gasol agrees, although he knows he might be traded. And Dwight Howard, who will be a free agent, is in no hurry to decide whether he will rejoin this talent-loaded group that didn't meet its expectations.
General manager Mitch Kupchak said he is "hopeful" and "optimistic" Howard will re-sign, even though the center's first season in L.A. ended when San Antonio swept the Lakers in the first round.