It went from a blowout and almost-guaranteed berth in the postseason to one of the more disheartening losses of the season.
Up by 20 at one point, the Golden State Warriors faltered in the second half and fell 100-99 to the Denver Nuggets at home on Thursday night.
It was a tough shot by Kenneth Faried with 0.5 seconds remaining that put the Nuggets in front. Faried responded to a Stephen Curry floater three seconds earlier that momentarily gave the Warriors the lead.
The Warriors started the game strong, and a 15-5 run in the second quarter landed them a 47-27 advantage. However, Denver fought back, cutting the lead to just two at the end of the third quarter, leading to a back-and-forth fourth quarter.
What cost Golden State big time in the game was the rebounding disparity. The Warriors were out-rebounded 63-28 by the Nuggets, who were led by a monster night from Timofey Mozgov, who had 23 points and 29 rebounds. Kenneth Faried helped out with 18 points and 19 rebounds, as the Warriors just could not handle those two on the glass. No Warrior, including Andrew Bogut, recorded double-digit rebounds.
Curry paced the Warriors with 24 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. With the loss, the Warriors do not clinch a playoff spot, but can tomorrow if they beat the Lakers.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 45.5% (40-88)
- Three-point percentage: 23.1% (6-23)
- Rebounds: 38
- Assists: 19
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 40
- Field-goal percentage: 37.5% (39-104)
- Three-point percentage: 29.4% (10-34)
- Rebounds: 63
- Assists: 23
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 25
Good to Know
Nuggets grabbed a GSW opponent season-high 63 rebounds. Timofey Mozgov (29) and Kenneth Faried (17) outrebounded the Warriors 46-38
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 11, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors are on the road tomorrow night in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers.