The Chase Center couldn’t believe their eyes. After the first 18 minutes dominated by Denver and Nikola Jokic, the Warriors overtook the turbo thanks to Steve Kerr’s song “Fast Five.” Draymond Green was imperial in defense as Stephen Curry and Jordan Paul brazenly competed to mock the established KO Nuggets defense.
With aggressive Nikola Jokic doubling his total free throws from Game One in the first two minutes, the Nuggets quickly advanced by 11 points (26-15). However, entries from Stephen Curry, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. allow the Warriors to finish the first quarter with a score of 10-0 (26-25).
70 points scored in 18 minutes!
Golden State’s low density, which leaves many shots open, allows the Nuggets to strike back 14-2 thanks to the Monte Morris – DeMarcus Cousins duo (43-31). It’s Draymond Green that awakens his partners while Steve Kerr shoots his new back from five to three. The result is final. Dobbs hit 16-0 on the Nuggets and the game ends on Super Sonic 26-8 to take the lead (57-51). It’s the same scenario as in the first game with the new “Five of Death”.
The Warriors’ momentum continues with a near-perfect third quarter. 44 points on 66% of shots, 7 award-winning shots, 9 assists, 0 stray shots, and 31 points for the Jordan Paul-Stephen Curry-Klay Thompson trio who smashed Denver’s defense to advance 22 points (101-79). Over the two halves, the Warriors put together 70 points in 18 minutes and are headed for an easy win to advance 2-0 in the series.
What to remember
– Nikola Jokic alone against an army of warriors. Draymond Green had anticipated this and Nikola Jokic did not lie. The MVP came into the game attacking Kevon Looney relentlessly and causing two consecutive fouls from the pivot to go to the throw line twice. The Serb’s twelve points in the first quarter allowed the Nuggets to lead by 11, but the latter was very lonely. The Warriors used the same defensive strategy, playing Jokic mostly one-on-one and coming to help late. If Jokic smoothed out the scoring sheet, his teammates finished the game 41% in shots with the final score largely offset by an “inappropriate time”. Not enough to hope for anything in this series.
– Draymond Green as a bomber As in Game 1, the Warriors started the game in slow motion and without defensive intensity worthy of the playoffs. The Nuggets dominated in offensive rebounds and their numerous defensive errors gave their opponents several open baskets. As is often the case in this case, it was Draymond Green who sounded the alarm by raising the temperature in defense. Passing by force, interceptions, and decisive turns, the spirit of the warriors changed the content of the match, allowing his team to reverse direction. In the second half, it was his sticky defense on Nikola Djokic that scared the Serb, who suffered a second technical foul, synonymous with sending off.
– and Paul – Carrie – the Thompson trio light the fuse! Late 43-31 with seven minutes to play in the second quarter, Steve Kerr once again chose “Fast Five,” consisting of Stephen Curry, Jordan Paul, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green. As in Game 1, the speed, movement and skill of these five tore the Denver defense to shreds. At 18 minutes, throughout the end of the second and third quarters, the Warriors inflicted their opponent with a score of 70-38 at Chase in Heaven! During that streak, Jordan Paul and Stephen Curry took turns disgusting the very slow Nuggets, while Klay Thompson added mid-range shots and three throws to top it all. The trio finished the match with 84 points with a 60% shot success rate!
✅ Stephen Curry. Once again in a deluxe sixth man role, the double player found his paw and legs to inculcate 34 points on 12/17 in shots, including 5 of 10 from 3 throws…in 24 minutes!
✅ Jordan Paul. We can’t stop Jordan Bull! In a similar fashion to Curry, he dissects the opponent’s defense with a disturbing trick to make Chase’s center roar. He scored 29 points at 10/16 in shots, including 5 from 10 from long distance, while adding 8 assists and 5 rebounds.
✅ Draymond Green. Don’t be fooled by his mediocre base streak (6 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), Draymond Green was all over the place again tonight to lead the Warriors attack movement and take care of Nikola Jokic, while also assuming exceptional courses.
✅ Nikola Jokic. The Serbian finished a double-double (26 points, 9 of 20 shots, and 11 rebounds) and was again better than the Nuggets. But warriors still exploited his lack of mobility in defense. Frustrated, he was sent off in the middle of the fourth quarter after making a second technical foul.
⛔Aaron Gordon Will Barton Jeff Green. All three starters finished 9-for-27 in shots, and they couldn’t push the Warriors’ defense deadlock. If they can’t help Nikola Jokic, they may quickly find themselves on vacation.
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