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Blood Bath Brewing In Warriors-Nuggets Series

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors is fouled by Kosta Koufos #41 of the Denver Nuggets as referee Tony Brothers #25 oversees the action during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 30, 2013 in Denver. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors is fouled by Kosta Koufos #41 of the Denver Nuggets as referee Tony Brothers #25 oversees the action during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 30, 2013 in Denver. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DENVER, Colo. (CBS Sports) — And all of a sudden, the series that was all about Stephen Curry’s fire and the Warriors rising to the clouds has become about trash, dirt, and hit men. Welcome to the street fight noir, authored by Denver and Golden State after the Nuggets’ Game 5 win.

Mark Jackson got the ball rolling in his post-game presser, saying the Nuggets sent “hit men” at his star point guard.

“They tried to send hit men on (Stephen Curry), but I give them credit… There were some dirty plays early. It’s playoff basketball; it’s all right. Make no mistake about it: we went up 3-1 playing hard, physical, and clean basketball, not trying to hurt anyone.”

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Pretty strong comments from the team up 3-2.

The Nuggets, to no surprise, vehemently denied the accusation, and true to form, turned it right back around on the Warriors.

“That’s surprising to me if you watch the first couple of games,” point guard Ty Lawson said. “Just watch Andrew Bogut and watch Draymond Green and Festus (Ezili). I guarantee you you’ll find dirty plays.

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