Warriors vs. Nuggets score: Golden State holds off Nikola Jokic, Denver in Game 5 to clinch series, advance

The Golden State Warriors are moving on to the Western Conference semifinals after beating Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets 102-98 in Game 5 to clinch their first-round series. Stephen Curry finished with a team-high 30 points, while Gary Payton II came up big in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors clamped down on the Nuggets’ offense late, holding them to just 20 points in the fourth and improved to 20-8 in closeout games under Steve Kerr. They’re also now 16-1 all-time when holding a 3-1 series lead — the lone loss came in the 2016 Finals.

Michael Malone’s Nuggets have had success in the past in eliminating games and even overcoming 3-1 series holes. However, Denver fell short in forcing a Game 6 and extending its postseason. Jokic finished with 30 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists in the loss. The Warriors advance to face the winner between the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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