Best of 2013-14: Foye beats buzzer as Nuggets stun Clippers

Desperation 3-pointer capped night filled with big performances
by Aaron Lopez

The final-second countdown is familiar to anyone who’s played out their basketball dreams on a Nerf hoop, in the driveway or in an empty gym.

Six …

Wilson Chandler inbounds the ball to Kenneth Faried.

Five …

Faried swings it to J.J. Hickson near the right elbow.

Four …

Chandler flashes open in the low post.

Three …

Hickson can’t get it to Chandler and hands off to Randy Foye on the right wing.

Two …

Foye dribbles back toward the middle beyond the 3-point circle.

One …

Foye lets it go from 30 feet…

In the first 47 minutes, 59 seconds of Denver’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 3, Foye went 1-for-6 from 3-point range. After his final attempt splashed through the net at the buzzer, the only stat that mattered was the final score.

Nuggets 116, Clippers 115.

Foye’s last-second shot sparked a wild celebration as the Nuggets stunned the Clippers at Pepsi Center. The game ranks No. 1 in our countdown of Denver’s top wins of 2013-14.

“That’s probably one of the top moments in my playing career,” Foye said after the game.

“Chills went through my body. I just went numb. It’s just an unbelievable feeling.”

Foye turned out to be the man of the moment, but teammates Faried, Hickson and Ty Lawson also played huge roles in the victory.

Going toe-to-toe with Blake Griffin, Faried made 11-of-13 shots and finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Lawson added 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while Hickson posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

All four Denver standouts from that Feb. 3 game are set to return as the Nuggets look to create more magical moments in 2014-15.