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Nuggets run win streak to 14 straight games with late comeback over Sixers

Mar 22, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

This was the type of game that shows how win streaks usually come to an end. The heavily-favored team comes out with a lack of energy, the underdogs pounce early, and the home team lets its opponent hang around longer than it should, and is unable to put it together in time to keep the streak alive.

A lot of that happened in Denver on Thursday, except for the way things ended over the game’s final few possessions. The Nuggets came from eight points down with under two minutes to play, and five points down with 14 seconds remaining to steal the 101-100 victory, which stretched the team’s winning streak to 14 straight games.

Corey Brewer scored a career-high 29 points on 10-18 shooting, to go along with five steals to lead all scorers. He scored 11 of his points in the fourth, and was the one making the huge plays for his team down the stretch that ultimately paved the way to victory.

With Denver down five and inbounding the ball with 14 seconds remaining, the ball went to Danilo Gallinari, who found Brewer on the wing. Brewer knocked down the open look from three to cut the lead to two, and as it turned out, he was just getting started.

Evan Turner of the Sixers was fouled on the other end to stop the clock, but he missed both of his free throw attempts. That left the door open for the Nuggets, and Brewer was the one who took advantage.

With 6.8 seconds remaining, Denver inbounded the ball once again, and this time, Gallinari found Brewer curling from the wing to the top of the three-point arc. As Brewer rose up for a long three-point attempt, Damien Wilkins fouled him with 2.1 seconds remaining.

Brewer hit all three free throws to give the Nuggets the 101-100 lead, which was ultimately the final margin of victory.

It’s worth noting that Wilkins led the Sixers with 24 points, but committing the foul in that situation undid all of his positive contributions in one single play. Turner shares just as much of the blame if not more, because as a career free throw shooter of close to 75 percent, there’s no excuse for missing two when the game is on the line.

Brewer normally plays between 20-25 minutes per game, but saw more action than usual thanks to Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler both sitting out this one due to injury. It turned out to be a positive for the Nuggets on this night, who were able to run their win streak to 14 straight games thanks in large part to Brewer’s heroics.

  1. rickyspanish - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Those Nugget alternate uniforms are fresh. They are a fun team to watch.

  2. mungman69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Now if Andrew Bynam was…oh never mind.

  3. broncobeta - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    C-Brew is the man. He single handedly won that game. At one point he had played 13 minutes and had dropped 15 points and 3 steals.

  4. lucifershuttlesworth - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    There is something special about this Nuggets team. In my (probably unwanted) opinion they have become the best team in the West and are getting better by the week. Sixers fans can be assured that their season has finally and mercifully hit rock-bottom. Up 5 with 15 seconds left and they don’t win? I don’t think the Raptors could even collapse that dramatically anymore.

  5. pistolpete0903 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Is it just me, or is it that the Nuggets are looking like the ’04 Pistons?

    Can’t wait for the Western Conference playoffs to start!!

  6. dko83 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    What lucifer and pistol said echo my sentiments exactly. We always want your opinion, man..

  7. supremekingz - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Cleveland makes collapses like that seem like nothing. And I’m not just talking basketball. The Factory of Sadness regularly chokes ad punishes its fans

  8. mungman69 - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Denver is playing great. When you put them against Philly who do you think is going to win?

  9. 4thquartermagic - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    C-Brew took over this game. From the second quarter where he scored 13 to the final minutes where he hit the most clutch regular season free throws you’ll ever see.

    Dudes a winner.

  10. rodyaugu - Mar 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    The Nuggets miss melo, said no one ever

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