DENVER (AP) — Andre Iguodala had 25 points and the Denver Nuggets rediscovered their toughness in time to stave off elimination with a 107-100 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
The Nuggets slowed down Golden State’s guards, jumpstarted their transition game and got under Andrew Bogut’s skin in Game 5, jumping out to a 22-point lead before weathering the Warriors’ frenetic fourth-quarter rally.
Stephen Curry finished 1-of-7 from 3-point range and scored 15 points, while Harrison Barnes led Golden State with 23.
Game 6 is Thursday night in Oakland. Golden State leads the series 3-2.
Sandoval’s dinger gives Giants a victory
PHOENIX (AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth to lead San Francisco to a 2-1 win over Arizona.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left after allowing a leadoff single to Angel Pagan, the Giants’ fourth hit against the right-hander. J.J. Putz (2-1) came on for Arizona and struck out Marco Scutaro, and quickly went ahead 0-1 on Sandoval, who sent the next pitch into the stands in right.
It was Putz’s fourth blown save in nine chances.
A’s score 10 more runs to win in L.A.
OAKLAND (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and Oakland beat Los Angeles, 10-6.
One night after outlasting the Angels 10-8 in a 19-inning classic that lasted 6½ hours, the A’s defeated Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive time this season. Jarrod Parker (1-4) pitched into the seventh for Oakland, which has won 13 straight against AL West teams.
Mike Trout drove in four runs and Mark Trumbo homered for the second straight game for the Angels. Los Angeles fell to 9-17, the worst start in franchise history. The Angels are 0-5 against Oakland for the first time since 1990.