Denver Nuggets Slow Golden State Warriors' Playoff Hopes Behind Timofey Mozgov's Career Night

By Cody Daniel
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For those who stayed up long enough to see the heart-pounding finish between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets, it was worth every bit of sleep lost. At one point in the first half, it seemed the Warriors would cruise to victory and secure a playoff spot for the second straight year, which would have been the first time in 22 years the franchise has done so.

But Timofey Mozgov had other plans and would help carry the Nuggets to a 100-99 last second victory behind his career night. By the time Mozgov was done snatching what seemed to be every single rebound possible, he would set a new career high and season high for any NBA player with 29 rebounds. Mozgov excitedly stated after the game, “a lot of rebounds just came into my hands.” That seems to be a perfect answer for his dominant night as he also led Denver in scoring with 23 points on a very efficient 10-for-15 shooting.

Golden State, on the other hand, will have to wait another night to lock up a playoff spot after an absolute meltdown by the Warriors allowed Denver to claw back from a 20-point deficit. After falling behind in the fourth quarter, it seemed Stephen Curry had worked his magic yet again with another apparent game-winning layup with 4.7 seconds remaining. But the fight Denver displayed in their miraculous comeback continued until the final half second where Kenneth Faried would throw up a prayer in the form of a turnaround floater to take the final lead.

A Curry heave from near half court as the final buzzer went off would seal a meaningless victory for the Nuggets while the Warriors missed on a chance to seal their playoff fate. Curry finished with a well-rounded 24 points, six assists and seven rebounds. Faried would finish with a monstrous 18 points and 17 rebounds.

Cody Daniel is a Big 12 Basketball Writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google

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