April 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35), center Timofey Mozgov (25), and guard Evan Fournier (94) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Denied Playoff Clinching Party By Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets


Stephen Curry appeared to have put the Golden State Warriors back in the playoffs for a second straight season. Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets had other ideas.

Faried hit a turnaround hook with 0.5 seconds left and the Nuggets tripped up the Warriors Thursday at Oracle Arena 100-99.

Golden State (48-30) needs a win or a Memphis loss to clinch a playoff spot, but those plans go on hold for at least one day. The Grizzlies host Philadelphia Friday night while the Warriors go to Los Angeles to play the Lakers.

Curry had hit a floater over Faried with 4.7 seconds left to put the Warriors up 99-98, but Faried backed down Draymond Green before rising up for the game-winner.

The Warriors had led by 20 points in the first half before Denver (35-44) rallied.

Golden State held the Nuggets to 7-for-29 shooting in the first quarter while opening a 28-15 lead and went up 47-27 on Klay Thompson’s 3-pointer with 4:46 left in the half before Denver went on an 11-0 run to get the deficit back to single digits briefly.

In the end, it was the Warriors who had to rally late after Faried’s putback of a missed Randy Foye jumper put the Nuggets up 97-93 with 1:13 to go. But Curry scored six straight points for Golden State while all Denver could muster was one free throw and the Dubs went up 99-98.

Timofey Mozgov had a huge night for the Nuggets, scoring 23 points to go with a career-high 29 rebounds and he also blocked three shots. Foye finished with 20 points and seven assists, Faried went for 18 points and 17 boards and Darrell Arthur scored 10 points. Aaron Brooks also had seven assists.

The rebounding edge was huge for Denver—they out-boarded the Warriors 63-38 in the game, including grabbing 25 offensive rebounds and outscoring Golden State 27-4 on second-chance points.

Curry finished with 24 points, six assists and four steals. Thompson had 21 points, Jermaine O’Neal tossed in 12 and Jordan Crawford scored 10. Andrew Bogut pulled down eight rebounds.

Denver was 39-for-104 (37.5 percent) overall, 10-for-34 (29.4 percent) from 3-point range and 12-for-19 (63.2 percent) at the foul line. Golden State was 40-for-88 (45.5 percent), 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) and 13-for-15 (86.7 percent).

Game time for the Warriors in Los Angeles Friday night is 7:30 p.m.

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