Does it get any sweeter than that? I mean seriously, that's about as good as it gets this season. In what can only be described as a massive upset, the Denver Nuggets stunned the Golden State Warriors 100-99 on Kenneth Faried's game-winning jump hook with 00.5 seconds left. The Manimal's first career game-winner (I think) came after Stephen Curry scored four straight points, including a driving scoop shot with 4.7 seconds left to take a one-point lead. After Nuggets coach Brian Shaw called the team's last timeout, Foye inbounded to Faried at the top of the key. Faried faked a hand-off back to Foye, backed down Draymond Green to the free throw line then turned to his right and dropped in the last of his 18 points on the night. That the Nuggets were even in the game was thanks to the Herculean effort of one Timofey Mozgov, who went off for 23 points and 29(!!!!!) rebounds, including 9 offensive rebounds. The 29 rebounds were an NBA-season high and by far the most rebounds Mozzy has ever collected in a game. In my preview I predicted he would outplay Andrew Bogut, but this was an evisceration. Bogut had only 4 points and 8 rebounds and was essentially rendered invisible by the outstanding play of the Mozgod. His frustration was evident as he resorted to his typical cheap shot tactics in a takedown of Mozgov near the end of the game. How unlikely was this victory? Let's see... the Nuggets were coming off a game in Denver the night before, with only nine healthy players, playing in what is generally considered to be one of the toughest environments in the league against a rested team looking to clinch a playoff spot. They Warriors were favored by 12.5 points. The Nuggets trailed by 20 in the first half, committed 16 turnovers, missed seven free throws, and shot 37.5 percent for the game. So how did they do it? One word: rebounds. The Nuggets slaughtered the Warriors on the glass, 63-38. Denver had 25 offensive rebounds to a mere six for Golden State. Some of that can be attributed to David Lee's absence, but Mozgov was on another level tonight, gobbling what seemed like every missed shot. And thanks to Denver's tired legs, there were plenty of them on the Nuggets side of the court. Faried was no slouch on the glass either, grabbing 17 boards (8 offensive) himself, including two huge offensive rebounds with less than a minute to go in the game.
Mozgov's monstrous game leads Nuggets to improbable comeback victory over Warriors
Denver Stiffs | Apr 11