DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored 37 factors and fed Will Barton for a 3-pointer from the left nook with 8.3 seconds left, serving to the Denver Nuggets keep away from a sequence sweep with a 126-121 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
Monte Morris’ 7-footer broke a 121-all tie with 33.5 seconds left after the Nuggets blew a 17-point lead. Austin Rivers then stole Otto Porter Jr.’s move.
Morris completed with 24 factors. He hit 5 3-pointers within the third quarter, essentially the most in 1 / 4 by any participant in these NBA playoffs.
Steph Curry led the Warriors with 33 factors. Klay Thompson scored 22 of his 32 factors after choosing up his fourth foul within the remaining second of the primary half. Jordan Poole had 11 after averaging 27.8 within the first three video games of the sequence.
The sequence shifts again to San Francisco for Sport 5 on Wednesday night time.
The Nuggets took a 98-89 lead into the fourth quarter, however fell behind 121-119 on Curry’s jumper with simply over a minute left.
Denver rookie Bones Hyland hit three consecutive 3-pointers, the final from 33 toes that capped a 14-2 run to open the second quarter with Jokic catching his breath on the bench after helping on 20 of Denver’s first 23 factors.
That gave the Nuggets a 40-23 lead and command for the primary time within the sequence that started with two blowouts on the highway earlier than a aggressive Sport 3 at Ball Area that gave them hope of avoiding a second straight sweep within the playoffs.
Final yr, they had been shut out by Phoenix within the second spherical.
The Nuggets took a 63-52 halftime lead after a transfer by Warriors coach Steve Kerr backfired with lower than a second left within the second quarter.
Kerr despatched Thompson again into the sport with six-tenths of a second remaining and Thompson executed the play to perfection, coming off the display for the layup — solely, he pushed Rivers on his strategy to the rim, so the basket was waved off and Thompson was whistled for his fourth foul.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone was assured his crew would come out and provides it their all to power the sequence again to San Francisco after the best way they performed in Sport 3 in taking the Warriors into the ultimate minute earlier than succumbing 108-103.
“Actually assured,” Malone stated earlier than tip-off. “Simply realizing our group. I’ve to remind myself, when you concentrate on our crew, the final 4 years nobody has gained extra video games within the West than this crew, and there’s a motive for that. So, I might be shocked and upset if we didn’t go on the market and play our model of basketball like we did in Sport 3.
“I’ve the utmost confidence in our group that that might be our mindset, that might be our method, and we are going to go on the market and depart every thing we now have on that ground.”
EARLY TO PRIZE
Warriors coach Steve Kerr wasn’t involved in regards to the early begin.
“No. Each groups clearly should take care of that. The principle factor is to maintain our edge. Being up 3-0, there is usually a tendency to let your guard down just a little bit. You get comfy and you may’t get comfy,” Kerr stated earlier than tip-off. “You need to be free however disciplined. You need to keep locked in with the sport plan. You may’t simply come out right here pondering, ‘We’ve acquired this.′ That’s a ticket to a poor efficiency. We’ve simply acquired to carry an edge.”
Warriors: Curry was chilly, sinking simply 2 of 8 photographs within the first quarter, when he missed his first 4 3-pointers. … Golden State was simply 8 of 26 within the opening quarter.
Nuggets: Draymond Inexperienced picked up his first foul 40 seconds into the sport when he elbowed Jokic within the face. Within the ensuing tussle, Gordon and Thompson had been assessed a double technical. … Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (again) had been inactive once more.