The Denver Nuggets are back in the NBA playoffs. In a thrilling game that was heated from the start, they triumph over the Golden State Warriors – and gain hope.
Sweep averted, season saved for now: The Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in game four of the NBA playoffs to move to 1-3 in the best-of-seven series.
After a thrilling game, Denver now even has hope of advancing to the second round. Suddenly the Nuggets think the favourites from California are “beatable”.
“We don’t have any pressure,” point guard Monte Morris said, “I think game three and four was our best basketball – as physical as we want to be, we made that clear. We see that they’re beatable.” Only 13 teams have ever turned a 1-3 deficit into a win in the playoffs – but the Nuggets did it twice in 2020.
Eye poke at Jovic
“Of all the teams that are in the playoffs, we’re probably most comfortable with 1-3,” coach Michael Malone said as a result.
The Warriors got off to the better start in game four, taking an early lead. After only 40 seconds, Warriors star Draymond Green hit MVP Nikola Jokic in the eye with his finger – which led to a player tangle, including a scuffle between Green and Morris.
Green was also the only one who could stand up to Jokic throughout the entire game. Also because the power forward had to sit out the last few minutes after too many fouls, Denver was able to prevail. Jokic was the top scorer of the game with 37 points. One of his six assists led to the decisive three-pointer in the closing seconds.
Jokic was supported by Morris (24 points) and Aaron Gordon (21). On the other side, the Splash Brothers provided most of the points. Steph Curry, who came off the bench, ran hot late, scoring 33 points. However, he also missed four free throws, more than in ever before in his career.
Klay Thompson added 32 points. Whether the Nuggets can come back again in the series remains to be seen. The Warriors still have a clear lead.
Bucks and Heat confident – Suns lose to Pelicans
The same goes for the Milwaukee Bucks, who beat the Chicago Bulls 119-95 in game four.
against the Chicago Bulls and also lead 3:1.
The best man of the game was superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who put up 32 points (7 assists, 17 rebounds). Jrue Holiday (26) and Grayson Allen from the bench (27) were also in good form. On the other side, Zach LaVine was the best scorer with 24 points.
At the same time, the Miami Heat gave the Atlanta Hawks no chance, 110:86 was the clear result in game four. The Heat, led by Jimmy Butler (36 points), also lead 3:1.
The New Orleans Pelicans are still in the play-off race and surprisingly stood up to the Phoenix Suns again, 118-103, to take a 2-2 lead in the series. The Suns, one of the best teams of the main round, played without their superstar Devin Booker, who will be out for two to three weeks.