Warriors React to Massive Contribution from Gary Payton II in Game 5

In an attempt to come back from a double-digit lead against a desperate Denver Nuggets team, the Golden State Warriors needed an extra bit of juice apart from the usual suspects.

As Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson took the reins to keep the Warriors ahead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter,

final minutes of the fourth quarter, it was Gary Payton II who stepped up to give Golden State the final push it needed.

With 15 points in 26 minutes of play, Payton II proved to be a key component to Golden State’s 102-98 Game 5 win that clinched its first round series over the Nuggets.

Payton II's coach and teammates reacted to his contributions after the game.

“I don’t even know how to begin on that one,” head coach Steve Kerr said when asked to describe Payton II’s efforts. 

For Payton II, who had his father and Oakland legend Gary Payton Sr. sitting courtside, Wednesday night seemed like just another game.

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