How awesome is this series? Every single game of the Denver Nuggets – Golden State Warriors first-round encounter has proven to be a fantastic show for the fans, each game offering something different.
Game 3 was another spectacle for all NBA fans to enjoy, and other than a closely contested game that went all the way down to the wire, we had a good old duel brewing. Ty Lawson and Steph Curry both tried to outdo each other and put up great performances.
Curry was a game-time decision coming into game 3, as a result of his ankle injury that forced him to sit out of the Warriors’ practice. The ankle looked just fine, as Curry and Jarrett Jack kept Golden State afloat early. The starting point guard dropped 29 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed 6 rebounds, leading his team to victory. Curry got to the basket, hit timely 3-point shots and was just dominant on the offensive end, lifting the crowd to their feet several times through the game.
While Curry was busy lifting the crowd to their feet, Lawson did his best to force them back down. The speedy guard dropped his personal playoff-high 35 points and rounded his stat line off nicely with 10 assists. He, too, got to the basket at will and got to the line early and often, converting on all of his 12 free throw attempts.
Overall, Lawson had the better performance, although he did have a turnover late in the game which proved to be costly. Curry also seemed to get a little tired down the stretch, as he blew and easy layup after splitting two defenders late in the fourth quarter.
Curry’s numbers might have been inferior, but at the end of the day his team is now up 2-1 in the series and that is all that matters. Friday’s showing is guaranteed to keep the fans wanting more, and game 4 should be another great display.