Foye’s long three sends Nuggets past Clippers
DENVER – Randy Foye hit a three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a 36-point performance by Blake Griffin to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-115 on Monday night.
Kenneth Faried had a career-high 28 points and 11 rebounds for Denver, which denied the Clippers a sixth victory in seven games. Ty Lawson, who missed the previous four games because of a shoulder injury, added 27 points.
DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who fell to 0-11 on the road when trailing after the third quarter.
Los Angeles’ Matt Barnes connected on a go-ahead three-pointer with 6.2 seconds remaining. But after a timeout, the Nuggets worked the ball to Foye, who heaved a long three-pointer over the outstretched arm of Griffin for the winner.
• WINNING WIZARDS: Washington moved above .500 for the first time in more than four years, accomplishing the feat on its eighth try this season by pulling away in the second half to beat visiting Portland 100-90. John Wall scored 22 points for the Wizards, who hadn’t had a winning record since being 2-1 in 2009. “Finally,” guard Bradley Beal said after the final whistle. Damian Lillard’s 25 points led the Trail Blazers, who have lost four consecutive road games.
• WINNERS AGAIN: Brooklyn had lost to division leaders Toronto, Oklahoma City and Indiana after starting 2014 by winning 10 of their first 11 games, but the Nets halted the brief skid with a 108-102 home victory over Philadelphia. Paul Pierce had 25 points and Deron Wiliams 21.
• BUCKS GET SOME BOUNCE: Brandon Knight made a three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left, and host Milwaukee ended a six-game losing streak with a 101-98 victory over New York. Knight fired his three from the wing with Raymond Felton leaping into the air.
• HAPPIEST HOME: Kevin Durant had 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Oklahoma City continued its home dominance, beating Memphis 86-77. The Thunder (39-11) moved to 21-3 at home.
• A BATTLE FOR SPURS: Tony Parker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and also doled out nine assists, and San Antonio erased a 14-point deficit in a 102-95 victory at New Orleans.
• JUST SHY: LeBron James came within two rebounds of his first triple-double this season, and Miami won for the fifth time in six games, beating visiting Detroit 102-96. James had 24 points and 11 assists.
• KINGS FOR A DAY: DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 16 rebounds and host Sacramento ended a seven-game losing streak by defeating Chicago 99-70.
• ROLLING ALONG: Danny Granger scored 16 points and host Indiana Pacers beat Orlando 98-79 to maintain its grip on the NBA’s best record.