Nuggets hold off Warriors' rally to extend series

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Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The hole that frustrated forward Kenneth Faried kicked in the visiting locker room's wall at Oracle Arena wasn't as big as the one Denver found itself in following Game 4's loss.

And with their backs against the wall, the Nuggets took the first step toward escaping that hole by staving off the hard-charging Golden State Warriors in the friendly confines of the Pepsi Center Tuesday.

Andre Iguodala tallied 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Denver's 107-100 wire-to-wire win over Golden State in Game 5 of this Western Conference first-round series.

The Warriors still lead the best-of-seven set 3-2.

Only eight teams have come back from a 3-1 series deficit.

Golden State trailed by as many as 22 in the second quarter and were down by 19 with 9:03 left in the fourth before surging back. The Warriors whittled the margin down to five with 2:16 to go, but Wilson Chandler nailed a 3-poiner and Iguodala put back a dunk off a Ty Lawson airball sandwiched around Festus Ezeli splitting a pair of free throws increased the advantage back to nine with 53 ticks remaining.

The Warriors never got within less than seven the rest of the way.

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