The last matchup in Game 5 is between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors. After dropping game 4, many believed that the Nuggets would bounce back and create history. But the Warriors won’t let that happen. With homecourt advantage, the Warriors look to close the series as soon as possible.
The Golden State Warriors went with their starting lineup of Jordan Poole, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green. The Denver Nuggets started with Monte Morris, Will Barton, Jeff Green, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic.
With the opening tip, the crowd in the arena was enticed with the intensity in the air. The Nuggets’ offense as led by Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon. They combined in their attempt to take the lead in the 1st quarter itself. But the Warriors had lots of experience in their side and they went with the whole team putting something or the other on the board.
In the 2nd quarter, the Nuggets focused their attention on the defensive end and they were contesting everything the Warrior were throwing at them. Their defense led to offense and they were functioning well. If the Nuggets hadn’t missed some open looks then they would have widened their lead. The score was even by the end of the 1st half 48-48.
Once the 2nd half started, the Nuggets offense began their attack. Led by Jokic, their team play was more than enough to rattle the Warriors. Jokic was pretty much unstoppable as the Warriors had no answer for his size and skill. Yet the Warriors kept themselves close thanks to Curry, Green and Wiggins.
Once Jokic sat on the bench, DeMarcus Cousins entered the floor and attacked. He looked like vintage Cousins as he was the focal point of the offense. After the start of the 4th quarter, the Warriors were ed by Stephen Curry and Cousins’ streak was cut.
Jokic was put to the floor and he was doing his bit on the offense. But the Warriors had the momentum of the game and a surprising Gary Payton II on the attack. The Warriors cut the lead and outpaced the Nuggets on the end of the 4th quarter. Despite Jokic’s effort, the Nuggets could not bounce back and they succumbed to the Warriors.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Klay Thompson was all over the court with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. Gary Payton II came off the bench to give 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.
For the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic led them with a monster double-double of 30 points, 19 rebounds, 8 assists, a steal and 2 blocks. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench and supported Jokic with 19 points and 3 rebounds. Aaron Gordon did a little bit of everything with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 2 blocks.
Warriors storm ahead
The Warriors won Game 5 with a scoreline of 102-98. They have taken the series 4-1. It’s been 2 years since they were in the playoffs and they started off strong as soon as they came back. They now await their opponent in round 2 which can be either the Minnesota Timberwolves or the Memphis Grizzlies.
For the Nuggets this is the end of their post-season run. Going into the next season they will be extremely positive as they will definitely be stronger with the arrival of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. It will be interesting to see how they look the next time we see them.