Photos from Golden State Warriors beat Denver Nuggets to advance to Western Conference Finals

The Warriors going to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in three years.

Stephen Curry led the way with 30 points and Gary Payton II scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Klay Thompson added 15 points and Andrew Wiggins had 12. Jordan Poole, who built off his hot finish to the regular season in the first three playoff games, once again struggled as the Nuggets applied more pressure to the third-year guard. He scored just eight points in 26 minutes, going 3-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from three-point territory.

The Warriors will face the winner of the matchup between the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies and seventh-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.

Bay Area News Group’s Madeline Kenney contributed to this report.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) lays up a basket against Denver Nuggets’ Jeff Green (32) in the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco , Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole (3) heads to the basket against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (15) and Denver Nuggets’ Bones Hyland (3) in the first quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) makes shot against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney (5) and Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) fight for a rebound against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (15) in the first quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole (3) dribbles around Denver Nuggets’ Aaron Gordon (50) in the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif. , on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins (22) takes a shot against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (15) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole (3) dribbles around Denver Nuggets’ Facundo Campazzo (7) in the second quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif. , on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) takes a shot against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (15) in the first quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Otto Porter Jr. (32) lays up a three-point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/ Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Denver Nuggets’ DeMarcus Cousins ​​(4) checks on Denver Nuggets’ Bones Hyland (3) after a play against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) makes a basket against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (15) in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates his basket against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif ., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Gary Payton II (0) makes a shot against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) fights for a loose ball against Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (15) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole (3) passes the ball against the Denver Nuggets in the second quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday , April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a play in front of Denver Nuggets’ DeMarcus Cousins ​​(4) late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins (22) defends against Denver Nuggets’ Monte Morris (11) in the first quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (15) spits his mouthpiece in frustration against the Golden State Warriors in the last minutes of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) forces a turnover against Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton (5) in the third quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Otto Porter Jr. (32) celebrates his three-point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Denver Nuggets’ DeMarcus Cousins ​​(4) heads to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) and Golden State Warriors’ Otto Porter Jr. (32) in the second quarter of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors’ Jordan Poole (3) celebrate their win against the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco , Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (15) embrace after the Warriors 102-98 win in Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. The Warriors won the series 4-1. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) walks off the floor as he celebrates their win against the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić (15) embrace after the Warriors 102-98 win in Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. The Warriors won the series 4-1. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) walks off the floor as he celebrates their win against the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) gets a congratulatory hug from Denver Nuggets’ DeMarcus Cousins ​​(4) after their win in Game 5 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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