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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2008-03-29

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2008-03-29

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2008-03-29
The pressure's on the Nuggets, which makes it a game that could really benefit the Warriors.

That sums up Saturday's showdown between playoff hopefuls in Denver.

The Nuggets enter the contest on the outside looking in, but just a half-game behind the currently eighth-seeded Warriors. A Denver win would allow them to leap-frog Golden State.

The two teams will meet one final time in Oakland on April 10, and that's what makes Saturday so important for Denver. The winner will take a 2-1 lead in the all-important season series and will have a chance to claim the first tie-breaker with a duplicate win on the 10th.

A Warriors win would increase their lead to 1 1/2 games with just 10 remaining and put them in position to add the tie-breaker edge by holding court at home next month.

The teams split a home-and-home series in December, and the difference in the games was obvious. Allen Iverson scorched Golden State for 39 points in a 124-120 win in Oakland, then was held to 13 on 2-for-12 shooting two nights later when the Warriors got even with a 105-95 win in Denver.

The Warriors and Nuggets also are battling Dallas for playoff position. The Nuggets won the season series from the Mavericks 2-1, while the Warriors still have two games to play against the Mavs, having failed to beat them in both previous meetings this season.

WARRIORS 111, TRAIL BLAZERS 95: Warriors coach Don Nelson labeled it a must-win. Clearly he'd been looking at the upcoming schedule.

With the Nuggets, Mavericks, Spurs and Mavericks again in their next four games -- three of the four on the road -- the Warriors could ill-afford to take a step backward Thursday against the Trail Blazers. They didn't, responding to a 14-point, first-quarter deficit with three quarters of their best defense of the season en route to a win that allowed them to retain their weak hold on the No. 8 playoff position in the West.

The Trail Blazers, playing without star Brandon Roy, came out firing, burying 10 of their first 18 shots en route to a 26-12 lead through nine minutes.

But the determined Warriors clamped down after that, holding the visitors to 25-for-69 shooting and just 69 points over the final 39 minutes.

Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson combined to hit 14 of their 30 shots and produce 42 points, taking up the scoring slack created by Baron Davis feeling the effects of the flu. The star point guard had just 12 points in 27 minutes.

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Added: March 29, 2008


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