Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Photo by Kyle Terada,USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Kenneth Faried hit a 10-foot turnaround jumper in the lane with half a second remaining to lift the Denver Nuggets to a stunning 100-99 road victory that prevented the Golden State Warriors from clinching a playoff spot.
The Warriors appeared headed to their clinching win when 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.
Curry missed a long three-point attempt for Golden State as time expired.
Winning for the second time in two nights, the Nuggets (35-44) dominated the boards, outrebounding Golden State 63-38, as they came from 20 points down in the second period.
The loss dropped the Warriors 2 1/2 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 their final four games to clinch a spot in the postseason. (Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)