Nets force game 7; Warriors finish off Nuggets

Nets force game 7; Warriors finish off Nuggets
May 2, 2013, 11:00 pm
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If passion were points, the Bulls would have wrapped up their first round series by now. Because injuries sapped Chicago of scorers and able bodies, and the Nets made enough plays in Game 6, Brooklyn tied the series at 3-3 with a 95-92 win. 

Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points for the Nets, who are one victory from becoming the ninth team in NBA playoff history to win a seven-game series after trailing 3-1. Game 7 is Saturday at Brooklyn.

Brooklyn led after every quarter. Despite playing without injured starters Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, Chicago trailed 93-92 with 25.2 seconds left following a Nazr Mohammed layup. The Bulls then fouled Andray Blatche, but the ex-Wizard made two free throws with 19.2 seconds.

Marco Belinelli paced the Bulls with 22 points. His potential game-tying 3-pointer missed and Joakim Noah stepped out of bounds while corralling the rebound. Chicago immediately forced a jump ball, but the Nets won the tip and ran out the clock.

Nate Robinson scored 18 points for the Bulls despite dealing with the flu, which caused the pocket-sized guard to vomit multiple times during timeouts. Noah had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. 

Brooklyn turned the ball over only nine times, or one more than Noah and Carlos Boozer (14 points, 13 rebounds) combined. Chicago committed 16 turnovers.

Blatche scored 10 points. The Nets finished with a 27-7 bench scoring advantage as the Bulls primarily stuck with a six-man rotation.

Golden State 92 Denver 88

Another dominate third quarter performance by Stephen Curry put the Warriors in front and then a series of late miscues threatened to undermine the effort, but Golden State fended off the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 for a series clinching 92-88 win.

Curry scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter and had eight assists, helping the Warriors take an 80-62 with 9:12 remaining. However, he also had seven of Golden State's 19 turnovers and the Warriors committed eight turnovers over the final nine minutes and the Nuggets aggressively fought back with a 26-10 run. Kenneth Faried's free throw made it 90-88 with 32 seconds left and they had a game-tying shot attempts following another Golden State turnover, but Wilson Chandler's shot erred. Jarrett Jack made two free throws with 7.3 seconds left as the Warriors won the series 4-2.

Andre Iguodala had 24 points and five 3-pointers to lead the Nuggets.

Player of the Game: Curry led the Warriors in scoring and keyed the decisive stretch, but Andrew Bogut's interior presence on both ends proved invaluable. The Aussie center turned in his best game as a Warrior with 14 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks.

Turning point: As they have throughout series, the Warriors dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 33-20. Trailing 44-42 early in the third quarter, Curry personally outscored the Nuggets 8-0 with two 3-pointers. The spurt continued and as either as a scorer or passer, the baby-faced bomber accounted for 17 points during the 22-9 stretch.

Stats and stuff: Ty Lawson scored 17 points and Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. ...Golden State rookie Draymond tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors finished with a 55-44 advantage on the glass. ...The Nuggets shot 34.7 percent from the field and went 7 of 28 from beyond the arc. ...Warriors forward David Lee, assumed out with a hip injury, made a surprise 87-second appearance in the first half.

Next: The Warriors will need another upset-ting effort against the No. 2 seed San Antonio Spurs.