DENVER -- Stephen Curry scored 30 points and had 13 assists, and the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 131-117 on Tuesday night to even the Western Conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece.
Jarrett Jack had 26 for Golden State, which ended Denver's 24-game home win streak with a blistering night from the field.
Harrison Barnes scored 24 and Klay Thompson added 21 to give the Warriors four players with more than 20 points.
It was the Nuggets' first loss at Pepsi Center since Jan. 18 and the most points they have allowed this season.
Ty Lawson had 19 points and 12 assists and Corey Brewer scored 19 points apiece for the Nuggets, who need to win a game on the road to get homecourt advantage back. Game 3 is Friday night in Oakland.
The Warriors overcame the loss of forward David Lee with a blistering performance from the field. They shot 64.6 percent from the field, led by Curry, who got hot early and never cooled off.
The Nuggets didn't have an answer for the Warriors shooters. Every Golden State player that took a shot was at least 50 percent from the field.
Golden State opened the second half by scoring the first seven points to take a 66-53 lead. It grew to 17 before Denver made a run to cut it to 76-69, but Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Barnes hit two buckets to make it 96-80 heading into the fourth.
Denver cut it to eight early in the fourth quarter but Warriors went on a 10-3 run to put it away.
The Nuggets hoped to get a spark from the return of Kenneth Faried from a sprained ankle but the forward struggled. The team's leading rebounder was held to two boards in 21 minutes as Denver was outrebounded 36-26.
Curry shook off a 2-for-8 start to give the Warriors a spark in the second quarter. He hit six straight shots and scored 15 of his 17 first-half points in the period as Golden State went on a 13-2 run to take a 56-45 lead.
The Warriors led 61-53 at the break.
NOTES: Faried got a loud ovation from the Nuggets fans when he checked into the game with 3:51 left in the first. ... Jack got the start at small forward in place of Lee. Barnes moved from small forward to power forward. He started two games in the regular season. ... After a rough start to Game 1, both teams were hot after the opening tip Tuesday. They combined to hit nine of the first 10 shots. ... Nuggets coach George Karl said exchanged text messages Tuesday morning with former assistant, Mike Dunlap, who was fired as the coach of Charlotte. "About 80 percent of Mike Dunlap probably is sad and despondent because he wants the opportunity to try to continue coaching in the league, and there'll be a piece of him that will be relieved," Karl said. "Coaching a tough team, a losing team is sometimes being put out of your misery sometimes."