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Warriors outlast Nuggets, take 2-1 series lead


Stephen Curry played through a sprained left ankle to score 29 points and hand out 11 assists and the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 110-108 on Friday night in Oakland, Calif., to take a 2-1 series lead.

Curry also had 11 assists, Jarrett Jack added 23 points and seven assists, and Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry each scored 19 points to help the Warriors rally from 13 points down in the third quarter. Golden State still had to sweat out Andre Iguodala’s missed 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, setting off a gold-confetti celebration throughout the announced sellout crowd of 19,596.

Ty Lawson had a career playoff-high 35 points to go with 10 assists, and reserve Corey Brewer scored 16 points as Denver dropped its second straight game – and its grip on the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is Sunday night in Oakland.

Twice given a chance to either tie or take the lead in the final minute, Denver blew both.

Golden State followed up its 64.6 percent shooting performance – the highest in an NBA playoff game in 22 years – during its 131-117 win at Denver on Tuesday night with another gem.

The Warriors outshot the Nuggets 52.5 to 46.5 percent and won the rebounding battle for the third straight game, 42-34.

Spurs 120, Lakers 89: Tim Duncan had 26 points and nine rebounds, and San Antonio dealt Los Angeles the worst home playoff loss in franchise history.

Tony Parker had 20 points and seven assists as the Spurs methodically seized control of the series at 3-0 by dominating their third straight meeting with the short-handed Lakers, who played without guards Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks and Steve Blake. In their place, Andrew Goudelock scored a career-high 20 points in his first playoff start.

The Lakers’ Pau Gasol had his first career playoff triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Knicks 90, Celtics 76: Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and New York moved to the brink of its first playoff series victory in 13 years, routing the Celtics at Boston for a 3-0 series lead.

When the Knicks go for the sweep on Sunday they will likely be without J.R. Smith, who elbowed Jason Terry in the face with 7:06 left and was thrown out of the game with a flagrant foul 2, an automatic ejection. The league office will review the play and can fine or suspend Smith.