DENVER — Kenneth Faried brought the energy and the Denver Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the Golden State Warriors.
The Nuggets slowed down Golden State’s guards, jumpstarted their transition game and got under Andrew Bogut’s skin in Game 5, jumping out to a 22-point lead before weathering the Warriors’ frenetic fourth quarter rally.
Andre Iguodala had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Ty Lawson had 19 points and 10 assists and Faried had 13 points and 10 boards.
Harrison Barnes led Golden State with 23 points. Stephen Curry finished 1 of 7 from 3 and scored 15.
Game 6 is Thursday night in Oakland. Golden State leads the series 3-2.
HAWKS: Were feeling a lot better about themselves Tuesday. There were plenty of smiles and good-natured ribbing, especially during a 3-point contest between Jeff Teague and Josh Smith to close out practice.
Once Teague had finished off his teammate, it was time to head to the airport.
Back to reality.
While the Hawks have plenty of momentum – their playoff series with the Pacers is all even at two games apiece after a pair of wins on their home court – the weight of history is heavy on this franchise heading into Game 5 at Indianapolis tonight.
Since moving to Atlanta in 1968, the Hawks are a dismal 21-84 in postseason road games.
“I’m pleased with how we came home, how we handled our business,” coach Larry Drew said. “Now we need to go to Indiana and do the same.”
LAKERS: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and coach Mike D’Antoni all believe Dwight Howard should stick with theteam.
Howard is in no hurry to announce his free-agent decision after Los Angeles’ disappointing season.
The seven-time All-Star center vowed on Tuesday to make his decision in his own best interests, giving no indication he favored the Lakers over any other team.