The Golden State Warriors (48-30) failed to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday night in a thrilling 100-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets (35-44).
After Stephen Curry delivered a go-ahead layup with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation to put the Warriors up one, Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried converted a difficult turnaround jump shot over Draymond Green with 0.5 seconds remaining to ice things.
On the second night of a back-to-back, Timofey Mozgov stole the show, tying his career-high with 23 points while setting a new career-high with 29 rebounds (nine offensive). The 29 rebounds were also the most one player has recorded in a single game this season. He added three blocks and three assists to his final line, as well.
Faried added a double-double consisting of 18 points and 17 rebounds (eight offensive) on a night when the Nuggets out-rebounded the Warriors, 63-38.
Randy Foye chipped in 20 points on 7-of-23 shooting (4-of-13 from three), seven assists and seven rebounds while Evan Fournier scored nine points off the bench.
All told, the Nuggets shot 38 percent from the field and 29 percent from three but were aided by 25 offensive rebounds, which led to a plethora of second-chance opporunities.
Curry led the Warriors with 24 points, seven rebounds and a team-high six assists, but shot just 8-of-19 from the field and 2-of-7 from three in the loss.
Klay Thompson poured in 21 points (8-of-19 shooting) while Jermaine O'Neal added 12 points and five boards off the bench.
Next up for the Warriors is a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday while the Nuggets will square off against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.
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