Warriors take a 2-0 series lead beating Denver 126-106

Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon, left, drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole during game two of the NBA Playoffs at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Mon Apr 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Take A 2-0 Series Lead Beating Denver 126-106

By Barbara Mason

Monday night Game Two got underway at Chase Center between the Golden State Warriors (53-29) and the Denver Nuggets (48-34). The Warriors won Game One decisively 123-107. The Warriors saw the same starting roster as Game One with Jordan Poole again in the lineup. The Warriors knocked down game two as well with a 20 point victory 126-106 commanding victory at the Chase Center in San Francisco.

The first quarter was reminiscent of Game one with yet another slow start for the Warriors. After one quarter the Warriors trailed by a single point 26-25 as they did in last night’s game.

Turnovers and missed shots coupled with some very good play by the Nuggets really hurt Golden State. Despite the lackluster play trailing by one point was a win for the Warriors. Nikola Jokic had 12 points in the quarter and the Warriors were having some real problems with him.

In the second quarter the Nuggets really amped it up leading by 12 points in the game before Golden State made some changes. Head Coach Steve Kerr unleashed a lethal trio in the second half of the quarter.

Denver had a lot of trouble containing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole. Guarding these three was a major challenge and Denver was struggling big-time. This small ball lineup gave the Warriors a 40-12 run in the second quarter and the Nuggets were unable to handle these guys. The Warriors had been down by 12 and finished the half up by six points. 57-51.

After one half of basketball, Jokic had 16 points. The dangerous trio all finished with double digits. With one half of basketball in the books this game looked very much like the first half of Game One.

The Warriors continued to extend their lead in the third quarter. Golden State was coming up with some great defensive possessions and with three minutes left in the quarter the Warriors led 87-68. If anyone missed Game One they got to see it in Game Two in an absolute replication.

The Warriors exploded in the third quarter leading 101-81. After three quarters Poole had 27 points and Curry had 26 points. The team had 44 points in the third quarter alone. Golden State was one quarter away from a 2-0 series lead. The Nuggets were getting smothered by a deluge of Warrior excellence.

In the fourth quarter Jokic would foul out with seven minutes left in the game. Curry put the game on ice with under five minutes left in the game. In 23 minutes he had shot 34 points. Poole would finish with 29 points and Thompson with 21. It was another great dominating game for Golden State. Between Thompson, Curry and Poole they dropped 84 points and right now they look close to unbeatable.

The Warriors will get a couple of days off before taking on the Nuggets Thursday night in Game Three at Ball Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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