Stephen Curry had 30 points and 13 assists and the Golden State Warriors handed the Denver Nuggets their first loss at home in more than three months, a 131-117 stunner Tuesday night that evened their playoff series at a game each.
Jarrett Jack added 26 points as the sixth-seeded Warriors wrested homecourt advantage from the NBA’s best home team as the series shifts to Oakland for Game 3 on Friday night.
It was just the second road win of the playoffs following Chicago’s win at Brooklyn on Monday.
The third-seeded Nuggets were an NBA-best 38-3 at home during the regular season but needed Andre Miller’s last-second shot to beat Golden State by a basket in the opener and extend their franchise-best winning streak to 24 games.
With Golden State losing All-Star power forward David Lee to a torn hip flexor and the Nuggets getting top rebounder and energizer Kenneth Faried back from a sprained ankle, this one looked like a mismatch.
And it was, only not the way the Pepsi Center crowd anticipated.
Even without their All-Star, the Warriors outrebounded the Nuggets 36-26 and shot a sizzling 64.6 percent.
• Knicks 87, Boston 71: Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith added 19, and host New York Knicks opened a 2-0 lead over Boston.
Raymond Felton added 16 points for the Knicks, who used a 27-4 run spanning halftime to blow it open and move halfway to their first series victory since the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals. This is their first 2-0 lead since sweeping Toronto in the first round that year.
Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Celtics, who will host Game 3 on Friday in their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings.
They will have to be much sharper to avoid their first opening-round elimination since 2005, before they became one of the NBA’s power teams again. • Heat 98, Bucks 86: Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, LeBron James finished with 19 and Miami took off in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat visiting Milwaukee.
Chris Bosh, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen all scored 10 points for the Heat, who now lead the best-of-seven 2-0. Game 3 is Thursday in Milwaukee.
The Heat scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter, needing just over 2 minutes to blow open what had been a three-point game.
Ersan Ilyasova scored 21 points for Milwaukee.