Warriors knock out Nuggets in 1st round
Stephen Curry scored 22 points to go with eight assists, Andrew Bogut broke out with the best performance of his injury-saddled season and...
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 22 points to go with eight assists, Andrew Bogut broke out with the best performance of his injury-saddled season and the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets with a 92-88 victory in Game 6 on Thursday.
Bogut had season-bests and career-playoff-highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds, and rookie Draymond Green added a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to power Golden State into the second round for the first time in six years.
The Warriors went ahead by 18 points early in the fourth before holding off one final Nuggets flurry.
Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Ty Lawson had 17 in another disappointed early exit for Denver, which has lost in the first round nine of the past 10 seasons.
The Nuggets won 23 of their final 26 regular-season games to earn the Western Conference's third seed, then lost four of six to the hot-shooting Warriors.
Golden State will open the second round at San Antonio on Monday.
Nets 95, at Bulls 92
Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the Nets again avoided elimination, beating short-handed Chicago to tie their first-round series at 3.
The series goes back to Brooklyn for Game 7 on Saturday, with the winner getting Miami.
A layup by Nazr Mohammed cut the Nets' lead to 93-92 with 25.2 seconds remaining.
Former Husky Nate Robinson then fouled Andray Blatche, who had missed a free throw only moments earlier. This time, he hit both to make it a three-point game with 19.2 seconds left.
The Bulls had a chance to tie it, but Marco Belinelli missed a three-pointer and Joakim Noah stepped out of bounds with about six seconds left.
• The NBA fined Golden State coach Mark Jackson $25,000 for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating in the series with Denver.
• David Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Flip Saunders is coming in. Three people with knowledge of the situation told AP that owner Glen Taylor will not pick up the option for next season on Kahn's contract. Saunders coached the Wolves from 1995 to 2005.