It took a significant amount of effort down the stretch, but the Golden State Warriors finished Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in five games.

The reigning MVP gave them a run down the stret of Game 5, but Steph Curry's brilliance alongside the unexpected contributions from Gary Payton II were enough to secure the win. 

As previously mentioned, Gary Payton II was crucial down the stretch for Golden State.

Gary Payton Sr. was in the building for his son's big time performance, and had to be thrilled watching him contribute down the stretch like that.

 The Warriors almost did not bring him aboard, as it came down to a decision between Payton or Avery Bradley. The team ultimately chose GP2, and it has proven to be the clear cut right decision.

With the Warriors able to wrap their series up in five games, the team will now get the luxury of additional rest while the Timberwolves and Grizzlies are going to at least six games.

That was the case Wednesday night with the Warriors outlasting the Denver Nuggets 102-98 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

It took a significant amount of effort down the stretch, but the Golden State Warriors finished Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in five games.

It took a significant amount of effort down the stretch, but the Golden State Warriors finished Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in five games.

It took a significant amount of effort down the stretch, but the Golden State Warriors finished Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in five games.

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