Stephen Curry (30) made a return performance for the Golden State Warriors in game 1 against the Denver Nuggets at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat Apr 16, 2022 (AP News photo)
Warriors Open Series With 123-107 Win; Take game 1 at Chase Center for openers
By Barbara Mason
Saturday night the Golden State Warriors (53-29) took on the Denver Nuggets (48-34) in the first round of the 2021-22 playoffs. The Warriors welcomed back Stephen Curry who had missed significant time with a sprained ligament in his left foot.
A determined Curry worked hard to get back into tonight’s game apparently with limited minutes but bringing the leadership that his team relies on from him. All eyes will be on Curry as he plays his first game in over four weeks.
One of the biggest challenges for Golden State will be MVP from last year Nikola Jokic and quite possibly repeating as MVP again this year.
This was a hotly contested game as expected. After one quarter the Nuggets held a 27-26 lead. As the second quarter came to an end the Warriors had outscored Denver 32-20 and had a 58-47 half-time lead. Jokic had 14 points in the half but it was Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson with 17 and 14 points that made the difference. With 4.2 seconds left in the second quarter Curry made a 28-foot three point jumper to finish the first half in Warrior style.
Golden State had to continue to try and contain Jokic and keep his shooting to a minimum He is the heart and soul of the Nuggets and the last thing you want is for him to go on a scoring frenzy.
The Warriors continued to pour it on and after three quarters led 90-70. While this game was far from over, Golden State was playing with intensity and purpose.
The Warriors were one quarter away from taking game one in this series. Poole continued to play lights out basketball through the fourth quarter. With under three minutes left in the game the Warriors bench took it home. The final was 123-107.
Nikola Jokic finished with 25 points, ten rebounds and Will Barton had 24 points for the Nuggets. Tonight it was all Warriors from the second quarter on and there was no stopping them.
Poole finished with 30 points and was five of seven from downtown. It was a great night for Curry in his return with 16 points and he was three of six from beyond the arc.
Game two at Chase Center will tipoff at 7:00 PM on Monday night.