The Warriors advanced to the second round for the first time since 2007, when the "We Believe" team upset top-seeded Dallas in similar fashion — at home and in Game 6. Golden State lost to Utah in the second round that season.
"To finally get it done, it's kind of a hazy feeling," Curry said. "Just a sense of relief the way the game finished."
Golden State seemed to have an answer for everything Denver threw its way in this series.
Even All-Star forward David Lee made a surprising return for the Warriors after not dressing the previous four games with what the team had called a season-ending hip injury. He grabbed one rebound and missed one jumper in 87 seconds off the bench in the first quarter.
No matter who played or when, the end-to-end action kept fans standing on their feet at Oracle Arena — nicknamed "ROAR-ACLE" by Warriors players in these playoffs — most of the way.
Bogut's big first half — 10 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists — allowed the Warriors to erase a nine-point deficit, and they sliced Denver's lead to 42-40 at the half behind a late surge of shooting from their guards on the perimeter.
Faried, the target of Jackson's accusations of "dirty play" in Game 5, picked up his fourth foul with 10:23 to play in the third quarter. Three of those fouls came in the first 1:37 of the third before Nuggets coach George Karl took him out.
Soon after, Curry took control to send the Nuggets home for good.
NOTES: Aaron Hern, an 11-year-old from nearby Martinez, who was injured in the bombings during the Boston Marathon, attended the game with his family and was honored on the videoboard during the first quarter. ... The Warriors entered 9-1 in home playoff games in which they had a chance to win the series since moving to the Bay Area prior to the 1962-63 season..
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