OAKLAND -- The Warriors pulled out all the stops, milked all the emotion, unleashed all the noise, and all of that just set the stage.

They have one and only one headliner, who happened to be the showstopping closer, too, in front of an ear-splitting Oracle Arena crowd on Thursday.

It's Stephen Curry, hero of the playoffs and conqueror of the Denver Nuggets.

He got a lot of help during the Warriors' ground-shaking and series-clinching 92-88 Game 6 victory, most notably from Andrew Bogut, in his finest hour as a Warrior.

But once again, it was Curry who shined the brightest at the most imperative moments, and it was Curry who singularly outclassed the opponent.

So the Warriors move on to the second round, where they will face the San Antonio Spurs, who must already be scratching their heads about the Curry Problem.

Game 1 will be Monday in San Antonio, and the Warriors will go into that series as underdogs ... but also bursting with confidence after upsetting the third-seeded Nuggets.

How can you ever be out of a series if you have Curry with the ball in his hand, lining up shots from outer galaxies?

In the 7-minute stretch in the third quarter that changed this game and sent Oracle into levitation, Curry made four 3-pointers, two free throws and had three assists.

Added up, that was a 25-12 Warriors run, it changed a two-point Warriors deficit to an 11-point Warriors lead, and it was Curry at his best.

And, if anybody needed any more proof, when he is at his best, the Warriors are very, very tough to defeat.

In all, this latest Curry Flurry led to a 33-20 third-quarter eruption for the Warriors, and gave them a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

It would not be a cruise to the finish, however.

When the Warriors' offense hit a wall, Denver went on a huge fourth-quarter run to close it to 80-75 with 4:42 left in the game.

The Warriors had to keep fending off Denver, all the way to the final seconds in this one.

After a series of Andre Iguodala three-pointers and egregiously bad Warriors' possessions, Denver closed it to 90-88 with under a minute left.

But the Warriors did just enough ... and they had Curry.

The night got off to a stunning -- and thunderous -- start when David Lee emerged in full uniform for warm-ups to a thunderous roar.

This came only 12 days after Lee suffered what the team called a season-ending hip flexor tear in Game 1.

The crowd roared when he came out for warm-ups, roared when he dunked in the layup line, roared when he checked into the game with 2:23 left in the first quarter and roared when he took down a rebound right away.

But he definitely looked a little stiff and came out less than two minutes later and didn't come back into the game.

Before, during and after that cameo, the Nuggets owned the boards, getting chance after chance when they either bulldozed to the rim or a Warriors player bobbled away a rebound.

Meanwhile, Curry started off slowly -- as he has for the entire series.

Bogut was the first-half star for the Warriors, scoring eight points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking four shots in the first two quarters.

Which, again, set the stage for what was to come in the third quarter, and the desperate finish.

Before the game, Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA for his comments about Denver's physical play and the refereeing.

But he said he and the team had to be thoroughly enjoying the moment.

"This is an incredible situation for us -- it is an incredible blessing," Jackson said before the game.

"All these sellouts, all this energy, this incredible environment. To be in the playoffs, to be playing the No. 3 seed and to be up 3-2 at home ... if you are not enjoying this, you shouldn't be around here. This is an awesome time, and I truly don't take it for granted.

"I smile -- $25,000 lighter, but I'm smiling."

The Warriors were smiling at the end, too. Smiling and hugging and dancing, while the fans chanted.

And most everyone was looking at one guy -- Stephen Curry, the closer, the headliner and the best player in the series by a far measure.

How much higher can he go?

Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.