In his first begin of the postseason, Curry scored 30 factors to propel the Warriors to the Western Convention semifinals as they defeated the Denver Nuggets 102-98, finishing a 4-1 sequence win.
In the meantime, Antetokounmpo posted 33 factors and 9 rebounds to information the Bucks to a 116-100 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
The Bucks additionally wrapped up their sequence 4-1 and now advance to the Japanese Convention semifinals.
The Warriors started their sport sluggishly and located themselves eight factors down initially of the fourth quarter however, after cleansing up their fouls, gained the fourth quarter 32-20 and outshot the Nuggets 63% to 53% from the ground.
Curry’s 30 factors, 5 rebounds and 5 assists helped neutralize Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, who racked up a formidable 30 factors, 19 rebounds and eight assists.
Reigning MVP Jokic has put in enormous particular person performances all through the sequence, however has discovered assist arduous to return by as Denver struggled within the absence of key males Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.
After two seasons of lacking out on the playoffs, Wednesday’s victory marked the Warriors’ first playoff sequence win in additional than 1,000 days.
“Tonight was only a bizarre feeling,” Curry informed the media after the sport, “as a result of we hadn’t been there shortly and wished it so unhealthy and type of made it much more troublesome for ourselves, however we nonetheless remembered find out how to do it which was a great feeling.”
“The fourth quarter was nearly looking for a solution to get it finished, get sufficient stops to hurry up the sport, put some strain on them, and we had been ready to try this.”
“Everybody contributed, so it was a enjoyable solution to end the sport. It was not precisely how you’d draw it up, however a playoff sort of setting the place are you able to get the win and get out of right here.”
Antetokounmpo scored 15 of his 33 factors within the first quarter because the Bucks merely proved too highly effective for a Bulls facet depleted by the absence of two-time All-Star Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso.
Their playoff sequence was tied at 1-1 after two video games, however the defending champions pulled clear and gained the final three by a mean of 23.three factors.
“After sport two, the staff knew what the deal was,” Antetokounmpo informed ESPN. “We knew what we needed to do, we needed to be determined. We needed to go on the market and compete at a excessive stage.
“We have got to do it as a staff. It isn’t a one-man present or two-man present. Now we’ll a distinct sequence, taking part in a distinct staff, a really, excellent staff, and hopefully we will do it once more.”
The Bucks focused Bulls star DeMar DeRozan, double-teaming him 27 occasions — essentially the most double groups of a single participant in a playoff sport up to now three seasons, in line with ESPN.
DeRozan was restricted to 11 factors and all 10 of his subject purpose makes an attempt had been contested.
Antetokounmpo and the Bucks will play the No. 2 seeds Boston Celtics on Sunday in Recreation 1 of their subsequent playoff sequence.