Andre Iguodala had 25 points with 12 rebounds, Ty Lawson added 19 points and 10 assists, and the Nuggets staved off elimination on Tuesday, 107-100 over the visiting Golden State Warriors in game five of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
The Nuggets still trail the best-of-seven match-up 3-2 and face another closeout game on Thursday in Oakland. Determined to avoid exiting the first round for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, the Nuggets raced out to 20-point halftime cushion behind 16 of Wilson Chandler’s career playoff-high 19 points. The lead was 19 with nine minutes three seconds remaining when the Warriors stormed to within 100-95 on Klay Thompson’s corner jumper with 2:16 left.
The Nuggets answered. Chandler nailed a corner triple, and Iguodala had an emphatic dunk off Lawson’s air-ball sandwiched around 1-of-2 free throws by Festus Ezeli at the other end. That opened up a 105-96 margin with 53 ticks remaining and allowed the Nuggets to play another day. Harrison Barnes led the Warriors with 23 points, Jarrett Jack had 20 and Thompson finished with 19.
Grizzlies prevail over Clippers
Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the final quarter and grabbed 11 rebounds as the visiting Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers for a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference first-round playoff series. Marc Gasol scored 21 while Mike Conley added 20 for the Grizzlies.DPA