The last minute development going into the game was the return of David Lee who was expected to be out for the remainder of the playoffs with a torn hip flexor. Lee only played for 1:27 before returning to the bench. Andrew Bogut pulled down ten rebounds while also blocking four field goals and scoring eight points.
The Nuggets led by as much as 11 through the first half, but lead by just two going into the second half. Rodger Sherman took a look at three keys to the game, which all appear to be going the Nuggets' way.
1. Will the Nuggets keep playing physical -- or, if you prefer, "dirty" -- defense on Stephen Curry?
The Nuggets weren't particularly physical with Curry, but he started the game going one-of-six from the field for six points. Denver was engaged defensively, moving as a unit and forcing the Warriors into tough shots. Denver's defense was active, but not physical. They did a great job of closing out on shooters and playing tight defense without allowing Golden State to break them down. Sound defense from Denver through the first two quarters.
2. Can Denver win again with size?
The Nuggets size paid off in the first half. Denver was more active in the first half than Golden State, and while they shot only 34 percent from the field, their 13 offensive rebounds accounted for eight second chance points. It also didn't hurt that Kosta Koufos hit his first career three-point field goal to beat the shot clock in the first quarter.
3. No, but seriously: Will Golden State continue to drill threes?
The Warriors did not put on the three-point shooting clinic. They made only 18 percent of their field goals from outside. Their sharpshooting backcourt of Thompson and Curry put up six three-point shots but made none of them. Denver's defense was solid and did not allow Golden State to pick them apart from beyond the arc.