Falling 0-3 in a series is a situation teams do not want to be in. No team in the NBA has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit. The Denver Nuggets are in that place and they will be trying to create NBA history against a Warriors team who are on a mission of their own.
The Denver Nuggets went with their starting lineup of Monte Morris, Will Barton, Jeff Green, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic. The Golden State Warriors started with Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney.
With the opening tip, Nikola Jokic took the mission upon himself to take his team to a win. He went off for 18 points in the single quarter to propel his team. This took the Warriors by surprise yet they went with their offensive plan but struggled as the rest of thr Nuggets focusses on the defensive end.
They continued their onslaught coming into the next quarter but this time, coming off the bench, Bones Hyland started his attack. They kept their relentless attacks on the Warriors but defensively they slacked a bit as the Warriors led by Wiggins also put on a show. Nevertheless, the Nuggets took the 1st half with a score of 63-52.
In the 3rd quarter, Klay Thompson got his shots going in from beyond the arc. He made 3 of his 3s and continued to torch the defense. Curry and Green supported him with their own attacks. However, they weren’t able to contain the Nuggets offence. Both Jokic and Morris carried the offense in the 3rd quarter to make sure they don’t fall behind.
In the 4th quarter, Curry flipped his switch on and he started his marksmanship, shooting from wherever he wants. The Nuggets were not fazed by this and they continued to attack. Jokic was coming out as the leader as he kept supervising his team even from the bench. In the last minute, due to his prediction, Austin Rivers stole the inbound pass and led them to get a basket in the transition and getting the win.
Jokic led his team well as he went off for 37 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Monte Morris supported him with 24 points and 5 assists. Aaron Gordon came up big as well putting up 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Bones Hyland came off the bench to put up 15 points and 7 assists which added to the Nuggets attack.
Stephen Curry led the team in scoring with 33 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Klay Thompson also lived up to his brethren as he put up 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Andrew Wiggins also put up 20 poinst, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Draymond Green was all over the court with a double-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
Takeaways from Game 4
The Nuggets stole a victory from the Warriors side with a scoreline of 126-121. They are now behind just 1-3 in the series. They still have a lot of ground to cover and it will need a miracle to pull it off considering their next game is at Warrior’s home. The Warriors may have taken this game easy as their defense wasn’t like the previous 3 games. Of course they want to seal the series else they will go down as the only team to blow a 3-0 lead in Playoffs History