Andre Miller scored a playoff career-high 28 points and sank a nifty layup with 1.3 seconds left that lifted the Nuggets to a 97-95 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series in Denver.
Miller drove left past rookie Draymond Green, did an up-and-under between two defenders under the basket, and banked the ball off the glass with his right hand.
Golden State inbounded the ball and Stephen Curry’s desperation 3-pointer wasn’t anywhere close as the horn sounded and Denver celebrated its 24th straight win at the Pepsi Center.
Miller scored 18 in the frenetic fourth quarter.
Miller filled a gaping hole in his basketball résumé Saturday.
‘‘I've never hit a game-winning shot,’’ the 37-year-old guard said. ‘‘Never. I've taken a couple and missed or turned the ball over. But that was big for a first playoff game.’’
Not only did the Warriors drop a heartbreaker and a chance to snatch home-court advantage from the league’s best home team (38-3) but they also lost All-Star big man David Lee to a possible right hip flexor strain in the fourth quarter.
Lee banged into JaVale McGee on a drive to the hoop and winced in pain as he landed on his right hip. After gathering himself, he shot both free throws, then couldn’t run back downcourt. X-rays were negative and Lee will have an MRI on Sunday.
Lee finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, all but two off the defensive glass.
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 22 points and Curry had 19 — after missing his first nine shots. Jarrett Jack added 10 points and 10 assists.
Nets 106, Bulls 89 — Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, and the Nets turned the Brooklyn blackout into a blowout, beating Chicago in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Williams scored 22 points, Lopez had 21, and the Nets ripped apart the Bulls’ vaunted defense with a spectacular second quarter, when they made 16 of 20 shots.
Joe Johnson finished with 16 points for the Nets, who made their successful first season in Brooklyn even better with a victory in their first playoff appearance since 2007.
The Nets wore their road black uniforms and fans were encouraged to wear black as well to make it a ‘‘blackout’’ for the first major postseason game in Brooklyn since Oct. 10, 1956, when the Yankees beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series at Ebbets Field.
Clippers 112, Grizzlies 91 — Chris Paul led seven players in double figures with 23 points, Eric Bledsoe scored 15, and host Los Angeles routed Memphis while getting just one dunk in the playoff opener of their Western Conference first-round series.
Chauncey Billups had 14 points, and Caron Butler and Jamal Crawford had 13 apiece on a night when Blake Griffin was held to 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 3:32 left as Lob City was grounded.
DeAndre Jordan’s driving one-handed slam midway through the fourth was the Clippers’ only dunk, and the big man’s first basket of the game.
Reserve Jerryd Bayless led the Grizzlies with 19 points, Marc Gasol had 16, and Zach Randolph had 13 in the rematch of last year’s first-round series, won by the Clippers in seven games.