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Analysis: Momentum Still Up For Grabs After ‘Weird’ Warriors-Nuggets Game 1

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Andre Miller #24 of the Denver Nuggets steals the ball from Jarrett Jack #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 97-95. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Andre Miller #24 of the Denver Nuggets steals the ball from Jarrett Jack #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 97-95. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DENVER, Colo. (CBS Sports) — Game 1 between the Nuggets and Warriors was … weird. The Nuggets had to come back, at home, against the Warriors despite for the greater part of the game having the higher field-goal percentage, having the rebounding margin, and taking more free throws. They trailed in the first half when Stephen Curry shot 1 for 10.

When things evened up, and the Warriors grabbed the rebounding lead and Stephen Curry got his shot to start falling … the Nuggets surged into the lead and never relinquished it.

The Nuggets like to play at a very high pace, and while the game overall was extremely fast at a 103 mark (the Nuggets played at a 98 clip this season), in the first half when the Nuggets struggled, the pace was 105. When they took over and won, just 99. They played better when the game slowed down.

The Nuggets couldn’t shoot, didn’t have Kenneth Faried, turned the ball over and missed several shots inside. But on the other hand, the Warriors lost David Lee in the second half to a leg injury and got a poor performance from their star, Curry.

So who’s got the momentum?

CLICK HERE for more analysis on the answer to that question from CBS Sports…

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