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By: Maxwell Ogden

DENVER — In a battle of two of the top scoring offenses in the NBA, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Golden State Warriors by a score of 97-95 to take a 1-0 series lead.

As expected, offense came quickly in this game, as both teams got out in transition and executed with efficiency. Surprisingly, it was the rookies who started the action, as Denver’s Evan Fournier and Golden State’s Harrison Barnes provided the early scoring punch.

It took a full quarter for the stars to match their pace.

Stephen Curry struggled to shoot early but moved the ball well enough to enable the likes of Jarrett Jack, David Lee and Klay Thompson to perform at a high level. For Denver, it was Wilson Chandler who stepped up while the rest of the team stalled in the second quarter.

As for the Nuggets’ bigs, referees whistled JaVale McGee on a controversial goaltending call, stunting Denver’s momentum.