Apr 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) guards Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second quarter during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2013: Golden State Warriors Defeat Denver Nuggets in Game 2, Tie Series At 1-1


Golden State Warriors: 131

Denver Nuggets: 117

If you’re a fan of offensive basketball, than this is the series for you. Both of these young teams are high speed, offensive juggernauts that will not hold back their fire. Sure enough, neither team disappointed when it came to scoring buckets in Game 2. Yet, only one team can emerge victorious.

Golden State had a sour taste in their mouths after Andre Miller’s game winning layup for Denver in Game 1. How exactly did they respond? By simply scoring 131 points, no big deal. Golden State shot a remarkable 64% from the field and 56% from three point range. Four of Golden State’s starters scored 20+ points, with Stephen Curry leading the way with 30 points and 13 assists.

Denver, having lost its first home game since losing to the Washington Wizards on January 18, was no slouch scoring 117 points on 50% shooting. This was just a situation where great outshined good.

The Warriors were dominant, scoring 35 points in three quarters, all without their All Star double-double machine, David Lee who was injured in the previous game. This meant someone had to step up.

My Unsung Hero of the game is Jarrett Jack. Stephen Curry carried the load statistically, but as the team’s premier star, that is expected. Jack started in the new, adjusted starting lineup due to Lee’s untimely injury. He also pitched in 26 points on 10-15 shooting, and dished out seven assists.

It’s hard to point out any one player from Denver to blame considering it was a team effort, but JaVale McGee only grabbed three rebounds, which isn’t very impressive for an athletic 7-footer. In his defense, Golden State was not missing much at all, though as much as some of his teammates were missing shots (ex: Wilson Chandler 4-15 FG), he could have kept the ball, and pace, on Denver’s side a little bit more by hitting the offensive glass with purpose.

The momentum has shifted now with the series heading to Golden State, and going forward, both teams are going to have to concentrate their efforts defensively and on the glass. Both teams are proven scorers that like to move fast. The team that can slow the game down and still manage to produce will outlast the other and move on to the next round. Denver will have to make some immediate noise if they don’t want to completely hand this series over.

Tune in this Friday, April 26, 2013, to see which team takes the lead in what looks to be an exciting Game 3 in Golden State. Tip off is scheduled for 10:30 PM ET.

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