Golden State Warriors 131 Final

Recap | Box Score

117 Denver Nuggets
Harrison Barnes, SF 34 MIN | 9-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 24 PTS | +17The rookie was out of this world tonight. He made a few long-range bombs, scored in the post and had some thunderous dunks in the game that probably even impressed Andre Iguodala.
Andrew Bogut, C 22 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 6 PTS | +15Bogut committed some awful fouls in this one. He opened the game with two offensive fouls (screens) and picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter on a play where he probably should have let Iguodala score. Nonetheless, he cleared out his area for rebounds and provided just enough resistance at the rim.
Jarrett Jack, PG 43 MIN | 10-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +17Jack played mostly under control tonight and even toyed with the Nuggets’ defense on a few occasions. With Curry and Klay coming off screens on the wings, Denver simply could not slide enough defenders in his path and he was more than happy about it.
Stephen Curry, PG 42 MIN | 13-23 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 13 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 30 PTS | +15Steph was in a groove early and tortured the Nuggets with his shooting and playmaking. The Nuggets simply had no answer for Curry as he submitted arguably the best performance of the night from around the league.
Klay Thompson, SG 38 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +11Every time Thompson caught the ball with an open look, it was money. He was simply automatic on this night and helping him off him was a mistake with huge ramifications.
Mark JacksonAction Jackson pushed all the right buttons in this one and got his guys to pull out the game. He stretched the court with his shooting and once that was established, he had the Warriors pound the interior with Carl Landry on the block against just about anyone.

Three Things We Saw

  1. There’s a thin line between hero and random guy. Andre Miller was real good tonight with 18 points on six-of-nine shooting, but Golden State limited his effectiveness with some zone defense and also by packing the paint.
  2. Just like in Game 1, the Warriors owned the backboards. They outrebounded the Nuggets by 10 and actually controlled the pace by winning this battle and making shots.
  3. The Warriors switched on most of the screens early in the game and it created some favorable matchups for the Nuggets. Mind you, in looking for mismatches, Denver actually went away from their usual offense and clanked a few mid-range jumpers. In a game where the Nuggets scored 117 points, one would have expected them to score more than 50 points in the paint (sounds absurd, I know), but they didn’t.