Tip-Off for 4/24/13 (featuring Cedric the Entertainer): Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors shoot themselves back into the series; defeat Denver Nuggets 131-117

(David Zalubowski/AP)

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, front, goes up for a reverse dunk past Denver Nuggets forward Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 131-117 victory in Game 2 of the teams' NBA first-round playoff series in Denver on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Bad News Barnes: Harrison Barnes’ reverse dunk was the highlight of the Warriors Game 2 victory.

The Golden State Warriors shot a blistering 65 percent from the field and 56 percent from beyond the arc in their Game 2 victory over the Denver Nuggets. Denver — who is one of the NBA’s best defensive teams, was torched for 105 points over the final three quarters. The best of seven series is even at one game apiece.

Golden State was without leading rebounder David Lee — who is out for the series. Rookie Harrison Barnes pick up some of the offensive slack — scoring 24 points, including 17 in the second half.

Heat 98 – Bucks 86 – Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for only 15 points as the Heat took a 2-0 series lead. Miami was led by Dwyane Wade with 21 points. LeBron James led 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Milwaukee was led by Ersa Ilyasova with 21 points and 6 boards. The series moves to Milwaukee for games 3 and 4.

Miami leads 2-0.

Knicks 87 – Celtics 71 – New York outscored Boston 45-23 in the second half, including 32-11 in the 3rd quarter. The Celtics went from shooting 56 percent in the first half to a putrid 19 percent after the break. Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and J.R. Smith added 19 for the Knicks. Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points and 6 assists. Kevin Garnett added 11 rebounds and battled foul trouble most of the game.

New York leads 2-0.

Warriors 131 – Nuggets 117 – Steph Curry shook off a sprained ankle to score a game-high 30 points and hand out 13 assists. Jarrett Jack added 26 points and Andrew Bogut grabbed 8 rebounds.  Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 19 points and 12 assists. The loss was the first at home for the Nuggets since January 18th — a span of 24 games.

Series tied 1-1.

The Lineup:

The NFLPA Former Players Daily Huddle (Paper li).

Showbiz & A.G. (Hip Hop Golden Age).

Kevin Durant doesn’t take losing well (Sports Illustrated).

Phantom Fireworks (Wall Street Journal).

The latest from Christian Avard (Rutland Herald Online).

A story of love and dedication (Washington Post).

Flooding continues in the Midwest (CBS).

Oakland Raiders are keeping #3 pick (Red Zone).

Mark Jackson’s coaching is grabbing attention (Mike and McGoutry).

A new way to lose weight faster (Men’s Health).


Happy Birthday to Cedric the Entertainer.

2 Responses to “Tip-Off for 4/24/13 (featuring Cedric the Entertainer): Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors shoot themselves back into the series; defeat Denver Nuggets 131-117”

  1. mapoui says:

    Mark Jackson as head coach is the most tremendous and wonderful surprise in a basketball while..

    the great PG and savvy commentator, has morphed seamlessly into a competent coach..with apparently a lot more to give

  2. Ron Glover says:

    Well said Mapoui.