Denver guard Andre Miller just completed his 14th NBA regular season and is participating in his ninth postseason. He's seen just about anything and everything the game has to offer.
Or so he thought.
"I didn't think that happened in the playoffs, but it did," Miller said. "Curry got into a rhythm, and it was pretty much a wrap after that."
Stephen Curry made eight straight shots (a free throw, three field goals inside the arc and four three-pointers) and scored 19 points in a three-minute, 59-second span of Sunday's third quarter. He sent the Nuggets reeling on their way back to Denver, trailing 3-1 and searching for answers ahead of Tuesday's Game 5.
Miller's experience could not help him describe what had transpired. Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried kicked a hole in the wall of the visiting locker room at Oracle Arena after Sunday's loss. And coach George Karl had moments during which he seemed almost inconsolable.
"They've found some magic, and somehow, we've got to take it away from them," said Karl, who tried to find some solace in the fact that his team forced last year's series with the Lakers to seven games after falling behind 3-1. "It's a basketball game. It's not an impossible task.
"Tuesday night will be a fight game, a battle game, a pride game, a determination game."
Only eight NBA teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven postseason series.
The Warriors haven't lost three consecutive games since they dropped four straight from Feb. 26-March 2. They haven't lost three in a row during a stretch that included a home game - which Game 6 would be, if necessary - since losing once at Oracle amid a six-game skid Feb. 5-19.