DENVER — In the final chapter of the Nuggets and Warriors’ four-game regular season quartet, Denver surged back from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to edge Golden State 115-108. With the win, the Nuggets split the season series against the Warriors 2-2. In its two losses to Golden State this year, the Nuggets hung with the Warriors for the better part of four quarters.
The close games Denver has played over its last four matchups which have all come against top-tier opponents in Boston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and now Golden State — a stretch where the Nuggets have gone 2-2 and hold a plus-eight point differential — built confidence within Denver’s locker room.
So much so that if the playoffs started today, Will Barton, who willed the Nuggets to the win with a team-high 25 points, would be confident in a first-round playoff series that pitted the two against one another. Denver, who’s currently the eighth seed in the Western Conference and Golden State, who’s currently the top seed, could match up in the first round.