Warriors vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Golden State Warriors (3-0) play against the Denver Nuggets (3-3) at Ball Arena

Game Time: 3:30 PM EDT on Sunday April 24, 2022

Golden State Warriors 17, Denver Nuggets 16 (Q1 03:38)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Curry gets his first shot to fall with 3:55 left in the first quarter. – 4:08 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
A “Draymond sucks” chant just broke out here at Ball Arena and Green was waving his hands asking for more.
Then Green as he headed to the bench had some words to say to Coach Malone. – 4:08 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Rough start from Curry, who’s 0-for-5 from the field (0-for-3 from 3). Just air-balled a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired. Nuggets fans had a lot of fun with that one. – 4:07 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
The Warriors have one basket over the last 4:30 of the game. – 4:07 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry, Poole and GP2 in together – 4:05 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Draymond upset with Wiggins for not clearing out quickly enough to the corner on that last possession. – 4:05 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Jokic has 10 points in six minutes and is driving and attacking whenever possible. Denver can’t stay with Golden State on the defensive end. – 4:05 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Broncos Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett is also once again in attendance for Nuggets and Warriors – 4:04 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Great to see @PJ Dozier in attendance at today’s Nuggets game – sitting a few rows up from Denver’s bench – 4:02 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Beautiful work by Jokic and Gordon. Right at the moment Poole tries to pass Gordon off to Wiggins, Gordon cuts for the layup. – 3:58 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Curry 0-3 from the field to start. – 3:57 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I’ve liked the Nuggets approach on both ends to start Game 4 but they still trail but 7. This is just a very good Warriors team. – 3:57 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
The Nuggets cannot give up second chance opportunities. The Warriors will cash them all in. – 3:56 PM

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Two fouls on Klay in less than four minutes. To the bench for Steph. – 3:56 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Earlier than planned entry for Steph Curry because of two Klay Thompson fouls. They had to call him in from the warm up bike in the tunnel. Sprinted out like it was WWE. Delay of game warning. – 3:56 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
stay hot, KT
📺 #NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/1XG5ehMEVy3:56 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Looks like all the Warriors fans were waiting to see whether Golden State would win Game 3. There’s way, way more Dubs fans in Ball Arena than there were Thursday night. – 3:56 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Curry was in the tunnel, probably on the bike, when he was called to come in for Klay Thompson, who just picked up his second. Ball Arena erupted – 3:56 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Aaron Gordon just let his beef with Draymond take him out of his game, tried to take him 1 on 1 which isn’t a good matchup for Denver. Airballed the pullup J. – 3:55 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
There are a lot more Warriors fans here at Ball Arena tonight than in Game 3. Maybe 35-40% of the fans here are cheering for Golden State. – 3:55 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Klay Thompson might have one of those games today. He’s up to 8 points with 8:14 left in the first quarter. – 3:55 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
Wiggs 🎯
📺 #NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/sAtMwoIur83:54 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Joker has clearly come out and decided to attack. He has driven into the paint on all of his touches after the first one in which he was doubled and poked in the eye. He has the first six Nuggets points. – 3:54 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Definitely more Warriors fans in here for Game 4 – 3:54 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Jokic takes advantage of Looney trying to pressure up top and just puts him in the mix to get to the rim. – 3:54 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
6 straight points by the MVP to start the game… – 3:53 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Aaron Gordon has more technical fouls (3) than made threes (2) this series. pic.twitter.com/pIB1mJMSEo3:51 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I mean yeah, if you wanna keep Jokic from having an early impact just jam a thumb in his eye. The simplest path between two points is an eye poke. – 3:51 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Jokic gets the ball back and is fouled by Klay Thompson on a drive. Two touches, two fouls for the reigning MVP so far. – 3:51 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
How convenient that Denver’s superstar gets poked in the eye at the beginning of an elimination game. – 3:50 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Jokic’s right eye is red after the poke but he appears to be OK. – 3:50 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Ugly start here in Denver. Draymond Green hits Nikola Jokic in the face, and is under review for a flagrant 40 seconds in. Jokic was down for a while, but is walking to the bench. Meanwhile, Green and Aaron Gordon were getting into it and both picked up Ts. – 3:49 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Draymond Green and Aaron Gordon pick up the double techs for a skirmish. Just 40 seconds in, and we already have a bit of drama. – 3:49 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
We’re less than a minute into the game and things are already getting chippy. Draymond Green and Kevon Looney were doubling Jokić in the corner and Jokić ended up on the ground. Green gets called for the foul, then gets slapped with a tech after an exchange with Aaron Gordon. – 3:49 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Then Aaron Gordon and Draymond Green both were T’d up for exchanging words as everyone hovered around Jokic, who was on the floor covering his face. We are 40 seconds into the game. Foul being reviewed. – 3:49 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Draymond and Aaron Gordon each gets a double tech 40 seconds into the game – 3:49 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Aaron Gordon and Draymond Green get into it 30 seconds into the game after Jokic was poked into the eye.
Maybe this provides a spark. Nothing like playoff basketball. – 3:49 PM

Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Aaron Gordon the fakest of fake tough guys. – 3:49 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Nikola Jokic takes a shot to the head on Denver’s first offensive possession. Draymond Green and Aaron Gordon have to be separated in the aftermath. Looks like double techs. Referees head to the monitors to review. – 3:48 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Looks like Draymond accidentally poked Jokic in the eye on a trap. – 3:48 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
More playoff basketball starts now👇 pic.twitter.com/Q0EcOhSkMk3:48 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Nikola Jokic isdouble-teamed on his first touch and got hit in the face and went down in pain. He’s up now but appears he was poked in the eye. – 3:48 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Jokic gets poked in the eye 40 seconds into the game. He’s been down for a minute, and now AG and Draymond are starting to get into it a bit. – 3:47 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
Game. On.
#GoldBlooded pic.twitter.com/RZcdcU0qus3:46 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Warriors win the tip on a fluke. Game on. – 3:46 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
The ABC crew gives Jordan Poole props as “the breakout player” of the playoffs. – 3:45 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Denver losing out on the Jrue Holiday bidding to Milwaukee really did change the playoff fortunes of both teams dramatically. – 3:45 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Alright, let’s see what this Nuggets team can cook up.
Same starters isn’t a surprise, but doing the same thing with the rest of the rotation would be a shock to me. – 3:42 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
“When we were kids. We used to race our bikes down Cherry Hill every day after school. We raced every day and he always beat me, but one time, one time I beat him,” Danny O’Shea in the 1994 classic Little Giants and possibly Nuggets coach Michael Malone before Game 4 vs GSW. – 3:40 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Do you trust the Warriors more because of what they’re doing right now, in a vacuum?
Or do you trust them more because of what they did before 2019?
(“Both” is not an option here, that’s a cop out. Pick one dammit) – 3:34 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Russ and Ciara, the first family of Denver, in the house for Game 4. pic.twitter.com/jhuEbYvKYm3:33 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
MVP getting right before tip-off😤 pic.twitter.com/h1awUifTtb3:29 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
Moments away.
You ready, #DubNation? pic.twitter.com/rYVevdTKZw3:28 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We have head coach David Carle of @DU_Hockey, the 2022 NCAA National Champions, in the building for tonight’s Western Union First Shot! pic.twitter.com/uWEyc7RE4n3:24 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
Leading off ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/EQD4u5w8bJ3:08 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Same starters for the Warriors. Steph Curry comes off the bench for a fourth game. – 3:05 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
almost tiiiimeee pic.twitter.com/v45HRMNqft3:05 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Warriors say Stephen Curry will remain in his new Sixth Man of the Playoffs role for Game 4 against Denver as Golden State attempts to sweep the presumptive MVP Nikola Jokic.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com3:04 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets Game 4 starters:
Monte Morris
Will Barton
Aaron Gordon
Jeff Green
Nikola Jokic – 3:03 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steph Curry will come off the bench for a fourth straight game. Same starters for Warriors: Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney. They’ll try to sweep with Curry as a reserve the entire series. – 3:02 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
First 🖐 pic.twitter.com/tct3wsBJjt3:00 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Sunday afternoon pregame lounge. Come join.
✅ Spotlight on __________?
✅ Game 4 adjustments
✅ How many playoff teams could DEN beat?
youtube.com/watch?v=ADxvOU…3:00 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Offense has been on it👇
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🔗 https://t.co/h7UHmagTAn
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/ci0JC0wYTu2:51 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
28.7 points per game in the series heading into today for JP3 💥 pic.twitter.com/3mphyJXzX02:45 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
good day to have a good day pic.twitter.com/XOtD0kWiol2:38 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Your quick newser on Stephen Curry, who is “very close” to an unlimited workload: sfchronicle.com//sports/warrio…2:30 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Strictly business. pic.twitter.com/lcA438gSDW2:21 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Check out @ScottHastings and @Katy Winge LIVE for our Game 4 pregame show on Facebook:
👉 fb.watch/cBjaip0e28/2:13 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
otto treys & a loon dunk for your pregame timeline 💥 pic.twitter.com/snGC4apk2u2:09 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry is almost done with minute restrictions. – 2:04 PM

CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Stephen Curry played 31 minutes in Game 3. When asked if Curry will play more minutes in Game 4, Steve Kerr said “perhaps”.
“We’ll keep playing him and monitoring him as we go.” – 2:03 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Steve Kerr on Klay Thompson: “His defense is really good. … He can guard anyone from Monte Morris to Aaron Gordon. … He’s made some big plays for us besides just hitting shots.” – 2:03 PM

Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
Steve Kerr says that “perhaps” Steph Curry’s minute load will be increased today for Game 4. He also says Curry is very close to being “unlimited” in his minutes. – 2:02 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Asked whether he will up Stephen Curry’s minutes today, Steve Kerr said, “Perhaps.” Added that he’s “very close” to being unlimited. – 2:01 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Jok has no interest in missing a single shot. pic.twitter.com/m5NVVLedZm1:59 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Coach Malone said he is confident the Nuggets will go out there and leave everything they have on the floor today.
Expecting a similar effort to Game 3. – 1:51 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Two questions for Michael Malone and his pre-game press conference ends. Not much else to say. The #Nuggets know what it is. – 1:51 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone: I have the “utmost confidence” that we will show up today.
Reiterated that over the last three years, no team has won more games (regular season + playoffs) in the West than Denver. – 1:48 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Nice work by Giannis, seeing Vuc laying off him and doing the Draymond handoff to Allen for a 3. – 1:43 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Joker warming up before Game 4 pic.twitter.com/Z1TuLkOzMc1:42 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
🗣️ DUBS ARE HERE pic.twitter.com/gpVezfMWsW1:40 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The MVP takes the court🃏 pic.twitter.com/NqdfZLhYWF1:35 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Ahead of today’s game, I’d like to let everyone know that the Warriors are shooting 48.7% on pull-up threes. – 1:28 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
👋 @Stephen Curry pic.twitter.com/nO0PyrGyA21:20 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
#StatMuseSunday
Jordan Poole is averaging 28.7 PPG on 67/59% shooting this playoffs.
We’re giving away $150 https://t.co/gd8GLxQrlo voucher to whoever can guess his exact 3PM/3PA today. pic.twitter.com/qspHjKgXI31:10 PM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Behind clutch defense from Draymond Green and 80 combined points from Steph Curry, Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson, the Warriors sealed a 3-0 lead over the Nuggets. Here’s the top photos from … warriorswire.usatoday.com/gallery/nugget…1:00 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Neither Bruce Brown nor Seth Curry have any idea if Ben Simmons will play tomorrow. “That’s above my pay grade,” Brown said. – 12:44 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Seth Curry on how to help Kevin Durant get back on track this series: “It’s tough to say.” – 12:43 PM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
Game 4. #GoldBlooded pic.twitter.com/SV5Jai4sTS12:39 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Great piece here from @scottostler on Draymond Green’s budding career as an analyst: sfchronicle.com/sports/ostler/…12:12 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steve Kerr on the challenge of keeping Jonathan Kuminga ready while he’s out of the rotation for a couple weeks. Low-minute guys scrimmaged two days ago. pic.twitter.com/eFFl7vQMKv12:07 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
#OTD in 1967, the Sixers defeated the San Francisco Warriors for the championship. 🏆
🤝 @NJMIns pic.twitter.com/g3GQqV8vd312:01 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Interesting stats from the Nuggets side via @RealStatzman. – 11:26 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Our prediction and best bet for Sunday’s Warriors vs. Nuggets game, with odds from @Tipico Sportsbook. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/warriors…11:05 AM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
Sunday matinee.
🏀 GSW at DEN (Dubs lead series 3-0)
🕔 12:30pm PT
📺 #NBAonABC
📻 @957thegame, @ESPNRadio
📱 https://t.co/ZkjPJjiF76
📝 https://t.co/6xRIkk7QKb
@betwayusa || #GoldBlooded pic.twitter.com/5pFizECLZ811:01 AM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Early tip for Game 4👇 pic.twitter.com/TsEVTc4t0711:00 AM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
16 of the last 21 players to win Rookie of the Year have made at least 1 all-star game: Ball, Ja, Luka, Simmons, KAT, Wiggins, Lillard, Kyrie, Griffin, Rose, Durant, Roy, Paul, James, Amar’e, Pau. Pretty solid list – 10:46 AM

Stephen Noh @StephNoh
The Warriors’ new death lineup has been the most interesting development of the playoffs so far. How their play behind this group has made them title favorites in the betting markets:
sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/no…10:31 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Before the Warriors meet the Nuggets for Game 4 on Sunday, here’s everything you need to know about the contest, including how to watch. warriorswire.usatoday.com/lists/warriors…10:31 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
It’s been said that the difference between very good and great teams is closing out series when you have the chance.
Warriors have that chance today. Celtics have it tomorrow. They have margin for error, but if you can avoid letting it come to that, get it done and get some rest. – 10:26 AM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Huge advantage for GSW if they can take care of business today in Denver.
While the rest of the Western Conference teams are kicking the crap out of each other, the Warriors could be home resting if they sweep.
The injury factor looms for every team as each series is extended. – 10:22 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Desmond Bane last night:
✅ 34 PTS
✅ 11-18 FG
✅ 8-12 3P
Bane broke the @Memphis Grizzlies record for most 3PM in a playoff game he set in Game 3.
He has 15 3PM over his last two games. The only player in NBA postseason history with more 3PM over a two-game span is Klay Thompson (17). pic.twitter.com/6QPOqXK4jK10:21 AM

Golden State Warriors @warriors
GAME DAY pic.twitter.com/P0bnV1lteM10:04 AM

Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
With a triple in the third quarter of game three, Klay Thompson passed Ray Allen for the third most made 3-pointers in NBA playoff history. warriorswire.usatoday.com/2022/04/23/kla…10:00 AM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Good morning.
We get to see you all at Ball Arena later today🙌 pic.twitter.com/OA5iSoEyL410:00 AM

Scott Cacciola @ScottCacciola
The Warriors are back to their old ways, with one new wrinkle: nytimes.com/2022/04/24/spo…9:57 AM