Olympic gold medalist Andre Ighodala displayed a huge performance to keep the Denver Nuggets alive in their play- off series against the Golden State Warriors.
Coming into the match, Denver Nuggets faced elimination, trailing 3-1 in a best- of- seven series. But Ighodala’s magnificent contribution on the night helped Nugget revive their campaign with a 107- 100 victory. The series now stands at 3-2 with Game 6 coming up on Thursday at Golden State Warriors.
Ighodala made 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, while TY Lawson and Wilson Chandler chipped in with 19 each for the Nuggets as coach George Karl went for a different starting line- up, picking JaVale McGee over Fournier in the game.
Harrison Barnes led Golden State’s scorers with 23 points, as they came from 19 points behind to within five in the final quarter, before Denver regained their composure to seal a win.
However, the talking point of the night involved the Denver Nugget’s defence techniques. The Golden state were unhappy with the rough treatment young Stephen Curry had from the Denver defence. After the game the young lad was sporting a protective covering on his left hand, had both feet in a bucket of ice and also had a black eye that left his coach, Mark Jackson, angry.
“The screen on Curry, by the foul line, it was a shot at his ankle, clearly,” Jackson said. “That can’t be debated.
“Let the best team win. Let everybody, with the exception of going down with a freak injury, let everybody leave here healthy. That’s not good basketball.”
Curry, notwithstanding made 15 points in the game after averaging 27.3 in the first four games. He was not happy with the treatment meted on him, saying: “There were a couple. Going through the paint minding my own business and they come out of nowhere trying to throw elbow.
“I got a hit out on me, I don’t know what it is, just got to keep playing and doing your thing.”
Nugget forward Kenneth Faried refuted claims that his team were playing overtly- aggressive basketball.
“They’ve been hitting me and pushing me and shoving me the whole series,” he said. “I’ve been hit in the throat, had my hair pulled a couple of times.
“But hey, when we do it we’re playing dirty.”