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Nuggets play Spoiler-Beat Warriors 100-99

The Denver Nuggets are out of the playoff race for the 2014 season.  That does not mean that the team is not playing hard.  They did just that on Thursday and made a furious comeback from a 20 point first half deficit to play spoiler and knock off the Golden State Warriors 100-99 in Oakland.  Kenneth Faried was the last second hero for the Nuggets as he dropped in a jump hook over Warriors Power Forward Draymond Green with .5 seconds left and sent the Warriors fans home disappointed.  The Warriors could have clinched their second playoff berth in a row with a victory over the undermanned Nuggets but let this one slip away.  The Nuggets played like they were the ones who were fighting for a playoff spot as Timofey Mozgov played like a man possessed, going off for 23 points and a completely ridiculous 29 rebounds on the night.  Faried finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds as the Nuggets outrebounded the Warriors by a stunning 63-38 margin.  The Warriors, in their defense, were playing without All Star Power Forward David Lee for the 7th straight game and they were considerably undersized when The Manimal and Mozzy were on the court together.  Mozgov was a total workhorse for the Nuggets who played the game with only 8 healthy bodies.  He logged over 42 minutes of game time to get to his astounding stat line.  Aaron Brooks and Randy Foye held down the Point Guard position for the Nuggets who will be playing without Ty Lawson for the balance of the season and each tallied 7 assists on the night.  Faried’s heroics were needed because Stephen Curry had dropped in a 10 foot teardrop with 4.7 seconds left giving the Warriors the lead back after the Nuggets had stormed all the way back and taken a 1 point lead with 14 seconds to play.  Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 24 points and also pitched in with 7 rebounds and 6 assists.  His partner in crime, Klay Thompson finished with 21 points to aid the Warriors cause.  Former Nugget Andre Igoudala was mostly a non-factor in the game and other than breaking Quincy Miller’s ankles with a double crossover move in the first half only pitched in with 6 points and 4 rebounds.  This was a very encouraging game to watch as a Nuggets fan as the team never stopped playing their hardest even when they came out flat and were down by 20 points early in the second half.  Playing with only 8 bodies and playing that hard is a tribute to the players but also sometimes maligned head Coach Brian Shaw.  The players are really starting to buy into Shaw’s voice and system and it is a great thing to see a team with nothing to play for, go out and take it to a playoff team on the road in the second game of back to backs.  Next up for the Nuggs is a Saturday Night game against the Utah Jazz at Pepsi Center.  If the Nuggets finish the season playing as hard and together as they did in this game, I see great things to come next year when they actually have a completely healthy roster.  Follow us and your Denver Nuggets as always on Twitter @NuggLove.

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