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Faried hits game winner in final seconds to propel Nuggets to victory

Teammates Randy Foye and Evan Fournier celebrate Kenneth Faried's go-ahead bucket in the final seconds to give the Denver Nuggets the 100-99 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
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No matter what team you were cheering for, last night's Denver Nuggets-Golden State Warriors game was something any sports fan could enjoy.

Let me set the stage for ya: Stephen Curry drives to the basket and drops in a floater, over seemingly the entire Nuggets' starting line-up, with just five seconds left to play. On the other end, the Nuggets' Kenneth Faried backs down Draymond Green and drops in a floater of his own, leaving just .5 seconds on the clock. Curry gets one final look at it, but his 30-foot three-pointer falls short of the rim. Game ends 100-99 in the Nuggets favor.

Although it may have been Kenneth Faried who played hero for the Nuggs' in Thursday's game, it was Timofey Mozgov who had the game of his life. Boasting a beastly 29 rebounds to accompany his 23 points and three blocks; Mozgov played like a man possessed. Mozgov's 29 rebounds was the second best performance in franchise history, only to be beaten by the great Dikembe Mutumbo (31), who also snatched up 29 rebounds on three different occasions. But we're not here to dwell on past records. Randy Foye yet again put forth a very courageous effort, and even though he only went four for 13 from three-point land, he still put up 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. But we can't forget about our knight in shining armor, Kenneth Faried. As he continues to show that hard work pays off with his 18 points and 17 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive boards. This man is an up-and-coming star in the NBA.

The Warriors seemed to start off the game right, bursting out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter. But after being outscored 85-71 in the final three quarters, the Warriors didn't really seem like they wanted the win. However, "The Splash Brothers" as they've become so well known (Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson) might have been the only ones who truly cared about the outcome of the game. The two combined for 45 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals. But it was Curry's floater that seemingly sealed the deal for the Golden State boys. However, Faried had different plans, as he stole the game away in the final seconds.

Although the Warriors will be frustrated with such a close loss to a rival team at home, unlike the Nuggets, they can look forward to a postseason in 2014. But we'll get one more look at these two bitter adversaries in the final game of the season for both teams as they face-off again on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The game can be found on the Altitude sports network at 8:30 p.m. MST.

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