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Published: 0918 GMT April 25, 2022

NBA playoffs: Jokic, Nuggets avoid sweep with Game 4 victory over Warriors

NBA playoffs: Jokic, Nuggets avoid sweep with Game 4 victory over Warriors

The Denver Nuggets realize no team has ever won four elimination games in a single postseason series. They also know they're the only team in league history to overcome back-to-back 3-1 playoff deficits.

That's where they find themselves after avoiding a sweep by the Golden State Warriors with a 126-121 win Sunday to send the rough-and-tumble series back to San Francisco, AP reported.

Can I say we want them right where we want them? No, but we're alive," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. We live to fight another day.”

Game 5 is Wednesday night.

Although none of the 143 other teams who faced a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs ever bounced back to advance, the Nuggets became the league's first team ever to overcome 3-1 deficits in consecutive series two years ago when they bounced the Jazz and Clippers in the Orlando bubble.

The odds are against us,” said MVP favorite Nikola Jokic. But we've beaten the odds a couple of times, so why not?”

Jokic scored 37 points and fed Will Barton for a 3-pointer from the left corner with 8.3 seconds left after Monte Morris' short jumper broke a 121-all tie and Austin Rivers stole Otto Porter Jr.'s pass.

Morris finished with 24 points. He hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter, the most in a quarter by any player in these NBA playoffs.

Aaron Gordon chipped in 21 points and helped stifle Jordan Poole, who came in averaging 28.7 points this series but was held to 11.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 33 points despite missing 13 of 23 shots, going 3 for 11 from long range and missing four free throws for the first time in his career, whether in the playoffs or the regular season.

It's the worst feeling in the world, missed free throws,” Curry said. It's what I do really well.”

Klay Thompson scored 22 of his 32 points after picking up his fourth foul in the final second of the first half. He finished with five fouls.

 

Hawks overwhelmed by Heat

 

Jimmy Butler scored 13 of his 36 points in a dominant second quarter and the Heat beat the Hawks 110-86 while again shutting down Trae Young on Sunday night to take a 3-1 series lead.

Miami can wrap up the first-round series in Game 5 Tuesday night in Miami.

Young scored only nine points with five assists and five turnovers as he was shut down by Miami's defense for the second time in four games.

De'Andre Hunter led the Hawks with 24 points.

Gabe Vincent had 11 points while sinking three 3-pointers in his fill-in start for point guard Kyle Lowry, who was held out with a left hamstring strain.

Elsewhere, Brandon Ingram scored 30 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 26 points and 15 rebounds as the host New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Phoenix Suns 118-103 to even their series 2-2.

Game 5 is set for Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Deandre Ayton scored 23 points, JaVale McGee had 14, Cameron Johnson 13 and Jae Crowder 11 to lead the top-seeded Suns. Chris Paul had 11 assists, but scored just four points on 2 of 8 shooting.

The Suns remained without leading scorer Devin Booker, who sustained a hamstring injury in Game 2.

 

 

   
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