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Foye's 3 lifts Nuggets over Clippers

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Randy Foye fixed a broken play at the buzzer, draining a miracle 3-pointer to send the Denver Nuggets over the Los Angeles Clippers 116-115 in a thriller at Pepsi Center.

Matt Barnes provided the 22nd lead change in a back-and-forth affair on an unlikely 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds remaining, leaving just enough time for the Nuggets to steal a win.

J.J. Hickson held the ball near the top of the key for a slow-developing pick- and-roll, and Foye rushed over to take the ball away from the big man. With Blake Griffin in his face, Foye faded away from 30 feet and released it just before the buzzer, sliding on his back as the ball dropped through the net.

"Man, it's surreal. Pandemonium. Chills went through my body. My teammates jumped on me. I think somebody hurt my leg, but I didn't feel anything. I just went numb. It's just an unbelievable feeling," Foye said.

The Nuggets, who have relied heavily on their bench all season, saw all five of their starters score in double figures. Kenneth Faried finished with a career-high 28 points with 11 rebounds and Ty Lawson scored 27 in the win.

Griffin poured in 36 points to lead the Clippers, who got 19 points from both DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford.

"Overall the defense was pretty good. (Foye) made a tough shot. It happens," LA head coach Doc Rivers said.

Los Angeles, which has now dropped two of its last three, held the largest lead in the fourth quarter at six, 107-101, before the Nuggets scored eight straight points to keep the seesaw battle going.

After Jordan, a 41.3 percent free throw shooter, tied things again with two at the stripe, Griffin knocked an offensive rebound away from Faried and got behind the Denver defense for a go-ahead dunk with 1:29 remaining.

Whistles were quick to blow on the next three possessions, and Griffin's 1- of-2 showing sandwiched around Lawson and Wilson Chandler's two free throws found the Clippers trailing by one, 113-112, inside the final minute.

Griffin grabbed his 11th rebound on a Lawson miss to set up Barnes' triple.

A tight first quarter featured six lead chances, seven ties and 15 points from Griffin.

Los Angeles held a slim 29-25 lead heading to the second and scored 11 straight points in the early stages to build a 13-point cushion.

Denver, however, ended the half on an 11-2 run, and it was fittingly tied at 60-60 at the break.

An equally-even third quarter ended with Quincy Miller coming away with a steal and going a coast-to-coast for a layup just before the buzzer to give the Nuggets an 82-81 advantage.

Game Notes

Jordan pulled down 12 boards and has posted double-digit rebounds in 28 straight games, breaking Blake Griffin's franchise record set in the 2010-11 season ... Hickson checked in with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Foye and Chandler each scored 14 for the Nuggets, who held a 52-37 advantage on the glass and scored 16 more second-chance points (24-8) ... Denver's reserves combined for 16 points, 25 fewer than their season average.

02/04 01:47:14 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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