Kenneth Faried Hits Game-winner to Prevent Warriors from Clinching Playoff Berth
Power forward Kenneth Faried hit a 10-foot turnaround jumper in the lane with five-tenths of a second remaining on Thursday night , lifting the Denver Nuggets to a stunning, 100-99 victory that prevented the Golden State Warriors from clinching a playoff spot.
The Warriors appeared headed to their clinching win when point guard Stephen Curry drove through the Denver defense to hit a five-foot flip shot that put Golden State up 99-98 with 4.7 seconds left.
Following a timeout, Faried took an inbounds pass and drove into the key guarded by Warriors forward Draymond Green. Faried then spun and connected from in front of the hoop to stun a Golden State crowd that was preparing to celebrate a return to the postseason.
Faried’s game-winner capped an 18-point, 17-rebound performance that was nearly overshadowed by a 23-point, 29-rebound explosion from Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov. The 29 rebounds were an NBA single-game high this season.The loss dropped the Warriors 2.5 games behind Portland in the race for the fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Golden State (48-30) must win at least one of its final four games to clinch a spot in the postseason.