By Chip Dee: Denver Nuggets (34-44) got a crucial last basket with 0.5 seconds left in the game by forward Kenneth Faried to give them a narrow 100-99 win over the Golden State Warriors (48-30) on Thursday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Faried nailed a beautiful hook shot while being covered by Draymond Green with a half second left in the game to give the Nuggets an improbable victory in a game that they very well should have lost.
Faried scored 18 points with 17 rebounds. Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov scored 23 points with 29 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. It was a really huge game for Mozgov in getting all those rebounds, but also doing a good job in scoring and blocking shots. He’s usually more of a rebounder rather than a shot blocker or scorer, so it was nice to see him scoring for a change. Guard Aaron Brooks scored 8 points with 7 assists. Guard Randy Foye scored 20 points with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Evan Fornier scored 9 points. Darrell Arthur scored 10 points.
Warriors center Andre Bogut scored 4 points with 8 rebounds. Guard Stephen Curry scored 24 points with 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Klay Thompson scored 21 points. Harrison Barnes scored 9 points. Jermaine O’Neil scored 12 points. Jordan Crawford scored 10 points.
The San Antonio Spurs (61-18) had their way with a very good Dallas Mavericks (48-32) in whipping them by a 109-100 score at the American Airlines Center in front of 20,324 fans in Dallas, Texas. Spurs guard Patty Mills shot was near unstoppable from the 3-point range late night in hitting 6 of 11 shots from the 3-point range. He didn’t have the size to get near the basket on many occasions, but from the 3-point range, he was pretty much unstoppable and there wasn’t anything that the Mavericks could do about it to stop his shooting. Mills scored 26 points with 6 assists. Overall, he hit 9-25 field goals, which isn’t that bad. It was just kind of odd that he had more luck the further away from the basket he was. One reason for that is he had fewer big bodies in his path when shooting the ball.
Spurs forward Tim Duncan played well in scoring 20 points with 15 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. Forward Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points with 16 rebounds. Center Tiago Splitter scored 12 points. Guard Danny Green scored 15 points. Manu Belinelli scored 10 points with 7 assists. The Spurs had a 48-42 advantage in the rebounds department over the Mavericks, and that obviously helped them win the game.