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Stephen Curry hits clutch shot, Kenneth Faried answers with game winner (VIDEO)

Apr 11, 2014, 2:30 AM EDT

Kenneth Faried has post moves and scores from there. He couldn’t consistently just more than a year ago, but he can now. Zach Lowe broke it down at Grantland but here is the key stat from that article: “Faried is shooting 56 percent on post-ups since the All-Star break.”

Now he’s got a game winner from there, too.

Golden State had been up by 20 points in the first half Thursday night and appeared on its way to a win that would have clinched the team’s playoff spot in the West, plus given them a chance to catch Portland for the five seed. The Warriors had something to play for… yet they didn’t close this game out at home. That has to make you question this team a little heading into the playoffs.

The Warriors led by 20 in the second quarter and were in control, but from there seemed to take their foot off the gas. Denver — rattled by injuries all season and without Ty  Lawson for the night — refused to roll over and play dead. They fought back and had the lead at times in the fourth quarter. Timofey Mozgov led the way with 23 points and 29 rebounds (most rebounds in a game in the NBA this season).

Down 1 with less than a minute remaining Stephen Curry got the ball and I love that Mark Jackson didn’t call a timeout, he let the game’s best shooter probe, create a little space and hit a floater that put the Warriors up one with 4.7 seconds left. It was a brilliant shot.

Denver’s play was clearly to get the ball back to Randy Foye but the Warriors cut that off, so Faried took matters into his own hands and starting backing himself down into the post. And he can shoot from there.

Golden State will still make the playoffs, but they are more likely to be the six seed, not the five. Which means it’s likely Clippers vs. Warriors in the first round, and that should be a good one. But a very tough one for the Warriors. When they are stuck in that tough series will look back at losses that got them there, they have away like this one and shake their own heads.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    Portland could’ve drafted Faried, they went with Nolan Smith instead. That was a disaster.

  2. abchome - Apr 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Did Faried travel? A great shot nevertheless.

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      That was a definite missed travel call

      • denverhoopdreams - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Are you guys talking on the hop right at the end? I think they didn’t call it because of the physicality he was being defended with.

        Still a missed call, but I think that would be the reasoning. Not even trying to justify. lol.

    • joeksnuffy - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Let’s not get picky on traveling calls with 1 second left in the game. he may have traveled, but it didn’t really affect the play much. Even as a warriors fan, I wouldn’t want them to win on a call like that. The warriors choked and have done so many times at home against weaker teams this season. Though Curry’s go-ahead shot was brilliant, the Ws didn’t deserve this one. justice was served.

  3. urodaddy07 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    This is why when I watch NBA games I get upset sometimes. These pro players are allowed to palm the ball, take extra steps, take 2 steps then stop with the ball. When you take 2 steps with the ball you are supposed to pass or shoot, not stop. Then there are the little tic tac fouls. My pick up games are better officiated than these games. Shouldn’t the pro game stick to the rules more closely?

  4. reastnt - Apr 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Yes, a travel. Most spin moves involve a travel, though it’s rarely called. That one was a little more obvious than most. A quick, tight spin move without traveling is a thing of beauty, I must say.

  5. naterich21 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Even though Faried isn’t very big for his position, it’s good to see a big man get a shot at the game winner instead of a long range shooting guard

  6. au1978 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Man, these Nuggets are set on being spoilers right about now. Did my Rockets wrong the other night. If they were playing like this early in the season, they’d definitely be fighting for at least no. 8.

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