Monday, June 25, 2018
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Nuggets find their energy

DENVER — Kenneth Faried brought the energy and the Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the Warriors.

The Nuggets slowed down Golden State's guards, jumpstarted their transition game and got under Andrew Bogut's skin in Game 5, jumping out to a 22-point lead before weathering a frenetic fourth-quarter rally. Golden State leads the series 3-2.

Andre Iguodala had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Ty Lawson had 19 points and 10 assists and Faried had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Stephen Curry, whose 18 3-pointers were the most by any player in NBA history in the first four playoff games of his career, missed his first five 3-pointers before hitting with 5:09 left to pull Golden State to 96-91. Curry was 1-for-7 on 3s and scored 15. Harrison Barnes led Golden State with 23 points.

Faried responded to Curry's 3-pointer with an alley-oop dunk, helping to settle down the Nuggets.

Bogut committed a flagrant-1 foul in the first half, a two-handed shove to Faried's neck that sent him falling out of bounds underneath the basket.

late monday: Chandler Parsons scored 27 and the host Rockets beat the Thunder 105-103, getting within 3-1 in the series. With point guard Jeremy Lin out with a bruised chest muscle, Patrick Beverley scored 16 for Houston. "Getting this first win gives us confidence, and anything can happen," guard James Harden said. Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka rebounded Reggie Jackson's jumper but missed a layup at the buzzer, falling to the court in disbelief.

howard noncommital: Kobe Bryant and GM Mitch Kupchak want Dwight Howard to return to the Lakers. But the center declined to reveal which way he was leaning. "I'm going to take my time, get away from the game, my phones and everything and just clear my head," Howard said. "I'll do what's going to be best for myself, what's going to make me happy. I can't control who likes me, who dislikes me, but I have the right to be happy." Bryant said it was "very important" for Howard to return and Kupchak expressed confidence: "If there's something here that we're lacking, I don't know what it is." Howard can visit other teams when he becomes a free agent on June 30. Dallas, Houston and Atlanta can offer a maximum of four years and $88 million. Howard can re-sign with L.A. for five years and $118 million. He will see a specialist today about a torn labrum, hoping to avoid surgery.

around the league: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari had surgery to repair meniscus in his left knee and after rehabilitation will have another procedure to fix his ACL. … Knicks guard Jason Kidd won a second straight league sportsmanship award. Curry was second.

Nuggets 107, Warriors 100

GOLDEN STATE (100): Barnes 7-17 4-4 23, Jack 7-16 4-4 20, Bogut 1-4 0-0 2, Curry 7-19 0-0 15, Thompson 8-17 0-0 19, Ezeli 1-1 6-9 8, Landry 3-5 3-4 9, Green 1-1 1-2 3, Bazemore 0-1 0-0 0, Machado 0-0 0-0 0, Jefferson 0-0 1-2 1, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-81 19-25 100.

DENVER (107): Chandler 6-14 2-2 19, Faried 5-8 3-4 13, McGee 4-9 2-4 10, Lawson 5-14 7-10 19, Iguodala 10-17 2-2 25, Brewer 1-11 2-2 4, Koufos 3-6 0-0 6, A.Miller 4-10 3-3 11, Randolph 0-0 0-0 0, Stone 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-89 21-27 107.

Golden State 22 24 23 31— 100

Denver 36 30 20 21— 107

3-Point GoalsGolden State 11-29 (Barnes 5-10, Thompson 3-8, Jack 2-4, Curry 1-7), Denver 10-27 (Chandler 5-11, Iguodala 3-6, Lawson 2-4, A.Miller 0-1, Brewer 0-5). Fouled OutFaried. ReboundsGolden State 55 (Barnes 9), Denver 54 (Iguodala 12). AssistsGolden State 20 (Curry 8), Denver 26 (Lawson 10). Total FoulsGolden State 23, Denver 25. TechnicalsCurry, Koufos. Flagrant Fouls—Bogut, Green. A19,155 (19,155).

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