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Warriors eliminate Denver with 92-88 win in Game 6

Golden State advances to second round vs. San Antonio

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    Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut, top left, blocks a shot by Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala, center, as Warriors' Harrison Barnes, right, watches during the first half of Game 6.

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    Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut shoots over Denver Nuggets' JaVale McGee during the first half of Game 6 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) shoots over Denver Nuggets' JaVale McGee (34) during the first half of Game 6.

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    Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 6 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut, top left, blocks a shot by Denver Nuggets' Andre Iguodala, center, as Warriors' Harrison Barnes, right, watches during the first half of Game 6.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 22 points to go with eight assists, Andrew Bogut broke out with the best performance of his injury-saddled season and the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets with a 92-88 victory in Game 6 on Thursday.

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Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) shoots over Denver Nuggets' JaVale McGee (34) during the first half of Game 6.

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Bogut had season-bests and career-playoff highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds, and rookie Draymond Green added a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to power Golden State into the second round for the first time in six years.

The Warriors went ahead by 18 points early in the fourth before holding off one final Nuggets flurry.

Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Ty Lawson had 17 in another disappointed early exit for Denver, which has lost in the first round nine of the past 10 seasons.

The Nuggets won 23 of their final 26 regular season games to earn the Western Conference’s third seed, then lost four of six to the hot-shooting Warriors.

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