Warriors vs. Nuggets Game 5, NBA Playoffs 2013: Denver escapes with 107-100 win

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Denver staved off a late rally from the Warriors to force Game 6 in the Bay Area. Andre Iguodala had a huge game with 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Steph Curry really struggled.

The Denver Nuggets made a statement with a 107-100 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday night, forcing a sixth game in the series.

The Warriors trailed by double digits for most of the game, although a late scoring push narrowed the deficit to as little as five points with 1:39 left in the fourth quarter. Wilson Chandler answered with a huge three-pointer following an ill-time three-point attempt from Stephen Curry, and then a dunk off an offensive rebound from Andre Iguodala all but ended any chance Golden State had at a comeback.

The Nuggets came out as the aggressors early. After being criticized for not attacking enough while dropping both games in the Bay Area, coach George Karl made it a point of emphasis to attack the rim and win the rebounding battle. Denver did just that, out-rebounding the Warriors by four and scoring 50 points in the paint. Golden State scored just 24 points in the lane.

Another reoccurring theme was Denver getting to seemingly every loose ball. After suffering a couple of tough breaks early in the series, it seemed the Nuggets would somehow end up with the ball in their hands whenever it was up for grabs, especially in the first half as they came out with plenty of energy.

Andre Iguodala led the Nuggets with his best performance of the playoffs, scoring 27 points while bringing down 12 rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Ty Lawson continued to play well as he recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists, while Kenneth Faried threw down a couple of highlight reel dunks as he finished with 13 points and 10 boards.

After averaging more than 27 points in the first four games of the series, Stephen Curry came back down to earth with 15 points. Curry hit just one three-pointer. Harrison Barnes did a nice job on the offensive end all night, scoring a team-high 23 points. Barnes also brought down nine rebounds. Jarrett Jack was key factor in Golden State's late offensive push and ended the night with 20 points, although he also had six turnovers.

Game 6 is scheduled for Oracle Arena on Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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