The Denver Nuggets responded to the threat of elimination in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs for a ninth time in 10 years with a 107-100 home win against the Golden State Warriors.
In the other NBA game last night, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the host Los Angeles Clippers 103-93 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.
In tonight’s games, the New York Knicks try to wrap up their series in five games as they host the Boston Celtics, the Indiana Pacers return home with their series tied 2-2 against the Atlanta Hawks and the Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory at home to eliminate the Houston Rockets.
The third-seeded Nuggets still trail the Warriors by three games to two and will exit the postseason with a loss in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series tomorrow in Oakland, California.
Andre Iguodala had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Denver, which got 19 points apiece from Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler. Harrison Barnes had 23 points and nine rebounds for Golden State.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said the Nuggets were trying to hurt point guard Stephen Curry, who finished with 15 points.
“Some dirty plays early,” Jackson told reporters. “It’s playoff basketball, that’s all right. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball -- not trying to hurt anybody.”
The second-seeded San Antonio Spurs await the winner of the Nuggets-Warriors series. Sixth-seeded Golden State is in the playoffs for the second time since 1995.
At Staples Center in Los Angeles, Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 21 points and Mike Conley scored 20 for the Grizzlies, who can wrap up the series at home in Game 6 on May 3.
Chris Paul had 35 points for the Clippers and Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 15 points. Blake Griffin scored four points while being limited to 20 minutes for Los Angeles by an ankle injury.
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