The Nuggets are the Nuggets again, playing their brand of basketball.

The result was a 107-100 win in Game 5 Tuesday night, making the first-round Western Conference playoff series against Golden State 3-2, with the Warriors up. Game 6 is at Oracle Arena on Thursday night. If the Nuggets win, they will force a Game 7 Saturday at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets are attempting to become just the ninth team to ever win a playoff series after trailing 3-1.

If the Nuggets were to lose this thing in five, much of the onus would have been on Andre Iguodala. He's the big-money Olympian added in the off-season who had averaged 14.8 points in the series, but clearly wasn't a major factor on either end. He's noted as a defensive wizard, but hadn't been able to stop much of anything.

But, in Game 5, with the season on the brink, how about Dre? He was scintillating, flirting with a triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 12 boards and seven assists. The Nuggets hadn't had a postseason triple-double since Fat Lever in 1989 against the Suns.

Iggy made an authoritative one-handed baseline dunk in the first half, and was 3-for-6 from 3-point land. The Nuggets made a bunch of 3s, actually, 10 in total (10-for-27, 37 percent).

The Warriors entered the fourth quarter down 17 points, scoring only 69 through the first three quarters, but with Iguodala and Faried on the bench - and Corey Brewer and Andre Miller in the game - the visitors made a push. Even with the starters back in, the Warriors wouldn't go away, and had closed within 100-95 with two minutes left.

Denver still led by just five with 1:26 left when Wilson Chandler floated a 3 from the right corner, giving Denver some breathing room at 103-95. Golden State kept cutting into the lead with free throws, but two emphatic dunks, one by Kenneth Faried, the other by Dre in the final minute, closed the game out.

It was one day prior when Nuggets coach George Karl sat at the team hotel, asked about his team's mindset.

"Hopefully," Karl said quietly, "the team comes out like an angry tiger that's wounded a little bit. And hopefully our crowd will give us a lift. The energy of their building, I think, helped them be successful. We need some energy from the crowd."

The plan was, for a change, defense.

In previous games, Denver had looked lost, chasing the Warriors around the court. But on Tuesday, while feeding off a home crowd, the Nuggets looked inspired and energetic.

The lasting image of the infamous trip to the Bay Area was the hole on the drywall, courtesy of Faried's foot. The power forward was angry - at his team, at his self. "I'm banged up," he said of ankle injury. "I'm not the Faried of old."