Kenneth Faried put his foot down 48 hours after putting his size-16 sneaker through the wall in the visiting locker room in Oakland, sparking a debate about dirty play.
The fiery forward energized the Denver Nuggets, who rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination Tuesday night with a 107-100 win over the Golden State Warriors in Denver.
The Nuggets never trailed, piled up points in the paint, slowed down the Warriors’ guards, jump-started their transition game, and got under Andew Bogut’s skin.
They jumped out to a 22-point lead before weathering the Warriors’ frenetic fourth-quarter rally to cut their series deficit to 3-2 and force a Game 6 Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson accused the Nuggets of trying to hurt Stephen Curry, his banged-up sharpshooter who was just 1 for 7 from long-range and finished with a series-low 15 points.
‘‘Some dirty plays early,’’ Jackson said. ‘‘It’s playoff basketball, that’s all right. We own it. But make no mistake about it, we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, clean basketball — not trying to hurt anybody.’’
Jackson mentioned Faried setting some ‘‘great screens and some great illegal ones, too.’’
‘‘He did his job. Hey, I played with guys like that. They get paid to do that. Dale Davis, Anthony Davis, Charles Oakley. You get paid to do it. So give them credit,’’ Jackson said. ‘‘As an opposing coach, I see it, and I'm trying to protect my guys.’’
Jackson complained about one screen in particular on Curry being ‘‘a shot at his ankle, clearly. That can’t be debated.’’ He added, ‘‘I got inside information that some people don’t like that brand of basketball and they clearly didn’t co-sign it. They wanted to let me know they have no parts in what was taking place. Let the best team win. And let everybody with the exception of going down with a freak injury, let everybody leave out of here healthy. That’s not good basketball.’’
‘‘It’s basketball,’’ countered Faried. ‘‘I try to do the little things my team needs me to do. It’s physical. If you can’t stand the physicality, you shouldn’t be playing.’’
Andre Iguodala had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Ty Lawson had 19 points and 10 assists, and Faried had 13 points and 10 boards. Harrison Barnes led Golden State with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Curry, whose 18 3-pointers were the most by any player in NBA history in the first four playoff games of his career, went ice cold, missing his first five 3-pointers before finally hitting with 5:09 left to pull Golden State to 96-91.
Grizzlies 103, Clippers 93 — Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Mike Conley scored 20 points to send the Grizzlies to a Game 5 win in Los Angeles. After losing the first two games of the series, Memphis has three straight victories for a 3-2 series edge. Game 6 is Friday in Memphis.