DENVER -- Nuggets coach George Karl said he was relieved his team escaped Game 1 with a win. Denver's camp also seemed a bit surprised by something they saw from the Warriors.

"(Andrew) Bogut's presence has to be talked about," Karl said. "He was very efficient, effective in a lot of ways."

It makes sense Bogut caught the Nuggets off guard. He didn't play in any of the four regular-season meetings against Denver. So his nine-point, 14-rebound, four-block performance Saturday was quite the revelation.

The question now is can Bogut duplicate it for Game 2 on Tuesday. With All-Star forward David Lee out for the season (torn right hip flexor), it's practically a must if Golden State is to head to Oracle with a split.

"When he plays that way, when his body feels comfortable enough for him to play that way, we're a different team," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Bogut's 31-minute performance. "I think the issue is how he feels and how his body responds. But there's no question about his ability to play the center position and impact the game."

Bogut's only real flaw in Game 1 came at the most critical time. He was late rotating in the final seconds, which gave Nuggets guard Andre Miller the opening for his game-winning layup.

But the Warriors were in position to win only because Bogut dominated the interior. He played especially well in the fourth quarter after Lee went down, totaling six points, five rebounds and two blocks.


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He certainly has Denver's attention now.

"I think so," Nuggets guard Ty Lawson said. "We'll probably pay a little bit more attention to him next game."