The Chase Center couldn’t believe their eyes. After the first 18 minutes, dominated by Denver and Nikola Jokic, the Warriors overtook the turbo thanks to Steve Kerr’s “Fast Five”. Draymond Green was imperial on defense as Stephen Curry and Jordan Poole cheekily battled to ridicule a standing KO Nuggets defense.
With an aggressive Nikola Jokic doubling his first-game free throw total in the first two minutes, the Nuggets quickly took an 11-point lead (26-15). However, entries from Stephen Curry, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr allow the Warriors to end the first quarter 10-0 (26-25).
Scored 70 points in 18 minutes!
Golden State’s lack of intensity, which leaves many shots open, allows the Nuggets to respond with a 14-2 thanks to the Monte Morris-DeMarcus Cousins(43-31) duo. It’s Draymond Green waking up his partners while Steve Kerr launches his new five-to-three back. The result is final. The Dubs inflicted a 16-0 on the Nuggets and ended the half with a supersonic 26-8 to take the lead (57-51). It’s the same scenario as Game 1 with these new “Five of Death”.
The Warriors’ momentum continues with a near-perfect third quarter. 44 points to 66% on shots, 7 winning shots, 9 assists, 0 misses, and 31 points for the Jordan Poole-Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson trio, who shattered the Denver defense and took a 22-point lead (101-79 ). The Warriors, who straddle the two halves, have just scored 70 points in 18 minutes as they head towards an easy win to lead the series 2-0.
WHAT YOU NEED TO NOTE
– Nikola Jokic, alone against an army of warriors. Draymond Green expected it and Nikola Jokic wasn’t lying. The MVP came into play, relentlessly attacking Kevon Looney and causing two direct fouls from the pivot that went to the throwing line twice. The Serb’s 12 points in the first quarter gave the Nuggets an 11-point lead, but it’s far too lonely. The Warriors used the same defensive strategy, playing Jokic mostly one-on-one and coming late to help. When Jokic blacked out the scorer list, his teammates finished the game with 41% on shots with a bottom line mostly offset by a long “garbage time”. Not enough to hope for anything in this series.
– Draymond Green as the detonator As in Game 1, the Warriors started the game in slow motion and without playoff-worthy defensive intensity. The Nuggets dominated on offensive rebounds and their numerous defensive errors gave their opponents several open baskets. As so often in this situation, it was Draymond Green who sounded the alarm by raising his temperature in defense. Stronger passage, interceptions, decisive turns, the Warriors’ soul changed the tenor of the game and allowed his team to reverse the trend. In the second half it was his sticky defense against Nikola Jokic that freaked out the Serb, who suffered a second technical foul, equating to being sent off.
– And the trio Poole – Curry – Thompson lights the fuse! Steve Kerr was down 43-31 in the second quarter with seven minutes to go and once again opted for his “Fast Five” consisting of Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. As in Game 1, the speed, movement, and skill of these five ripped Denver’s defenses to shreds. With 18 minutes between the end of the second and third quarters, the Warriors inflicted a 70-38 on their opponent in a chase center in the sky! During that streak, Jordan Poole and Stephen Curry took turns making the way-too-slow Nuggets too gross, while Klay Thompson added middle-range shots and 3-point shots to round it out. The trio finished the game with 84 points with 60% shooting success!
✅ Stephen Curry. Back in the sixth luxury man role, the double MVP had found his paw and legs to put up 34 points at 12/17 on shots, including 5 of 10 from 3-pointers… in 24 minutes!
✅Jordan Poole. We can’t stop Jordan Poole! In Curry-like fashion, he dissected opposing defenses with disconcerting audacity to make the Chase Center roar. He averaged 29 points on 10/16 on shots, including 5 of 10 from long range, while adding 8 assists and 5 rebounds.
✅ Draymond Green. Don’t let his modest stat line fool you (6 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), Draymond Green was everywhere again that night, leading the movement of the Warriors’ attack while also taking care of Nikola Jokic under the Accepting extraordinary rotations.
✅ ⛔Nikola Jokic. The Serb finished in double-doubles (26 points, 9 of 20 on shots and 11 rebounds) and was again the best of the Nuggets. But his lack of defensive mobility continues to be exploited by the Warriors’ speed. Frustrated, he was sent off in the middle of the 4th quarter after a second technical foul.
⛔Aaron Gordon-Will Barton-Jeff Green. All three starters finished 9-to-27 on shots and failed to pay the Warriors defense standoffs. If they can’t help Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets could quickly find themselves on vacation.
game 3 : Thursday evening to Friday at 04:00