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Warriors' Jackson calls Nuggets 'dirty'

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Golden State coach Mark Jackson didn't care for the defensive tactics that Denver used against guard Stephen Curry in its victory over the Warriors in Game 5 of their first-round NBA playoff series on Tuesday night.

Jackson went so far as to call it dirty pool after Denver stayed alive in the best-of-seven series. He said the Nuggets took a shot at Curry's ankle, which he injured in Game 2, on one play.

"They tried to send hit men at Steph," Jackson said after the Warriors' 107-100 loss in Denver. "There were some dirty plays early. It's playoff basketball. It's all right.

"Make no mistake, we were up 3-1 (in the series) playing hard, clean, physical basketball, not trying to hurt anybody."

Curry didn't disagree with his coach's assessment of the Nuggets' defense.

"There were a couple of plays I was cutting down the lane and I'm not really involved in the play, and somehow I get an elbow to my chest," Curry said.

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried found the Warriors' accusations "intriguing."

"I think they were purposefully trying to hurt me every play I went for a rebound (with) the hits, the grab to the throat, just the negative stuff you usually don't see in the regular season that's not getting called in the playoffs," Faried said.

Leading 3-2, the Warriors have a chance to close out the series at home on Thursday night.
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