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Bogut's Warriors into next round of NBA
By Peter Mitchell
17:19 AEST Fri May 3 2013

It will be Aussie, Aussie, Aussie when Andrew Bogut's Golden State Warriors take on Patty Mills and Aron Baynes' San Antonio Spurs in the NBA's Western Conference semi-final series on Monday.

Bogut was at his dominant best on Thursday, leading the Warriors to a 92-88 win over the Denver Nuggets with 14 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

The home win put the Warriors up 4-2 in the series, eliminating the Nuggets from the playoffs and sending the San Francisco Bay Area team to San Antonio for game one on Monday.

"This is an emotional moment," said Bogut, who has never been to the second round of the playoffs.

"Nobody picked us to win this series so it's a big win for us."

The Nuggets are a young, high-flying team with little playoff experience, while the Spurs are a clinical, but lethal franchise led by four-time NBA championship-winning head coach Gregg Popovich and veteran forward-centre Tim Duncan.

The Spurs are the United Nations of the NBA, featuring Australian guard Mills, forward-centre Baynes, French trio Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo, Argentina's Manu Ginobli and Brazil's Tiago Splitter.

"Hopefully we can keep rolling," Bogut said.

The Warriors almost blew it against the Nuggets on Thursday, seemingly cruising with a 80-62 lead with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, but committed eight turnovers and with 32 seconds left the Nuggets were only behind 90-88.

The Nuggets missed a number of equalisers and Warriors guard Jarrett Jack sealed the game in the final seconds with two free throws.

It was Bogut who kept the Warriors in the game in the first half while the team's top shooters, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were cold from the three point line, missing all six attempts between them.

Bogut, however, earned all four of his blocks in the first two quarters and motivated his team with a number of monster rebounds and dunks.

The Spurs will be the short-priced favourites in the series, having dominated the Warriors over the years.

The Warriors have lost 29 straight games on the Spurs home court, with the streak going all of the way back to 1997.

In the other NBA playoff game on Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets tied their series with the Chicago Bulls with a 95-92 win, forcing a winner-takes-all game seven on Saturday at Brooklyn.


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