In terms of the scale of the moment and the number of people who noticed, it paled in comparison. Still, the Denver Nuggets snaring a 116-115 win at home on a buzzer beater was still a nice little boost for a fan base who was subjected to their Denver Broncos getting dump-trucked in the Super Bowl the night before.
Randy Foye was the hero in this one, hitting a tightly contested, deep three-pointed at the buzzer to get the Nuggets the win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Here’s the decisive shot:
After the game, Foye said that they play went “exactly like they drew it up.” That’s a little concerning, because this is not exactly an inspiring play design. J.J. Hickson held the ball, almost seeming not to know how much time was left, before handing it off to Foye for a shot well behind the line that was contested by Blake Griffin. But hey, it worked, so nobody is going to come down hard on Brian Shaw or anybody else for how it happened.
The rest of this game consisted of a battle of the power forwards. The Clippers ran everything through Griffin with Chris Paul out of the lineup. He responded with 36 points, 11 boards, and four assists, including some nice lop passes to DeAndre Jordan (who had 19 and 12 of his own). On the Nuggets’ side of things Kenneth Faried was everywhere, ending the night with 28 points and 11 rebounds.
On the their final possession, Matt Barnes nailed a three that looked like it might steal the game for the Clippers. It took Foye’s best moment as a Nugget to stifle those hopes and get the win for the home team.