OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Kenneth Farried watched the Golden State Warriors celebrate enough victories against the Denver Nuggets during last year’s playoffs.
He wouldn’t allow his team to witness another Warriors coronation this spring.
Faried hit a turnaround hook shot over Draymond Green with a half-second remaining, and the Nuggets made Golden State wait at least one more game to secure a playoff berth with a stunning 100-99 win over the Warriors on Thursday night.
“We showed that we have the fight and will to win,” Faried said.
The Warriors wasted a 20-point lead in the first half, but still looked ready to touch off a playoff-clinching party.
Stephen Curry’s floater over Faried put the Warriors up 99-98 with 4.7 seconds to play, sending the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 roaring to their feet. But Faried quieted fans moments later, backing down Green in the paint for the winning shot.
Curry’s quick 10-meter jumper rimmed off as time expired, and the Warriors missed a chance to celebrate a milestone moment in front of their loyal fans.
“Not how we envisioned the night going,” Curry said.
Timofey Mozgov tied a career high with 23 points and grabbed a career-best 29 rebounds, and Faried finished with 18 points and 17 boards to rally the Nuggets. Denver, which had lost six straight on the road, won both games at Golden State this season.
Curry had 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Klay Thompson scored 21 points to highlight an otherwise disappointing performance by the Warriors — especially down low. The Nuggets outrebounded Golden State 63-38, handing the Warriors another home loss to a non-playoff team this season. Spurs 109, Mavericks 100
In Dallas, Patty Mills scored 26 points starting in place of Tony Parker and San Antonio Spurs moved to the brink of the top seed in the Western Conference with a victory over the Mavericks.
Making his second start of the season and seventh of his career with Parker nursing a bad back, Mills had 11 points and a pair of steals in the third quarter when San Antonio turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point lead.
Spurs star Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds after leaving briefly in the first quarter because of a hyperextended right knee.