The Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors face off in their game 2 of the 1st round of the Playoffs. Coming into the game, the Warriors had won the first game and were looking to increase their advantage with a 2-0 lead. The Nuggets were looking to even the series so that they don’t fall further behind.
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, the Warriors fans cheered for their team to take the lead. Nikola Jokic had some other plans, attacking the paint early on. The Nuggets had a 7-0 run early on but was snapped by Andrew Wiggins who drove to score a layup. The intensity of the match was apparent as Jokic went to work on the interior and making shots.
However, the Warriors were not far behind and they were keeping up with their consistent offense. Both teams were not shooting well but that changed in the 2nd quarter as the Warriors took to the offensive. Jokic was doubled and mostly guarded by Draymond Green to make him work his shots. On the offensive, the Splash brother went to work with Curry on the 3-point line and Klay on the mid-range. Their strategy worked as they took the lead in the end of the 1st half with 57-51.
The 3rd quarter is when the Warriors are the most dangerous offensively and it wasn’t any different in this game. The Warriors moved the ball well finding their open man while confusing the Nuggets defense. It was not like the Nuggets weren’t scoring, the Warriors were just scoring way more.
The score gap widened to a 20 points lead. The Nuggets tried to come back from the deficit in the 4th quarter, but the Warriors offense and defensive marking worked way better which ultimately resulted in the Nuggets’ fall.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring coming off the bench, putting up 34 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, a steal and a block in just 22 minutes of action. Jordan Poole once again went off with 29 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Klay Thompson put up 21 points although he did not shoot well.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets by putting up a double-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks, but he did that while struggling to get shots up. The 2nd leading scorers had just 12 points. Will Barton had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Monte Morris and Bones Hyland scored 12 points each as well.
Takeaways from Game 2
The Warriors blew out the Nuggets right out of their stadium with a scoreline of 126-106. The Warriors are now leading the series with a 2-0 lead. The next game will be taking at Nuggets’ home stadium where they will get some advantage thanks to their fans. The Nuggets need to focus on winning the next 2 games which will be at their home.