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They nearly pulled out a win without him Saturday, before Andre Miller slipped past Green for the game-winning layup with just over a second left.

Of some solace to the Warriors was the outstanding play of oft-injured center Andrew Bogut, who returned from a bone bruise on his surgically repaired left ankle and had nine points, 14 boards, three assists, four blocks and a steal.

“That’s who he is and that’s what we’ve been waiting for,” said Jackson, noting the big question is this: can his health hold up? “When he plays that way and when his body feels comfortable enough for him to play that way, we’re a different team.”

Bogut didn’t play in any of the Warriors‘ four regular seasons against Denver, so his big game certainly caught the Nuggets off guard.

“We’ll probably pay a little more attention to him next game,” Ty Lawson said.

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