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Foye's 3-pointer beats buzzer, stuns Clippers

By Aaron J. Lopez, Nuggets.com, 2-4-14

Posted Feb. 4, 2014 00:39

The sideline out-of-bounds play has an acronym familiar to anyone who has communicated via text, Twitter or Facebook.

WTF.

With the seconds ticking away and the Denver Nuggets frantically trying to create a shot, those letters had to be going through coach Brian Shaw’s mind.

And then Randy Foye rose up from 30 feet and gave the play a new moniker.

What The Foye?!

Foye beat the buzzer with an off-balance 3-pointer from well above the top of the key, giving the Nuggets a thrilling 116-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night at Pepsi Center.

As the shot swished through the net, Foye fell to the floor and was mobbed by his jubilant teammates who enjoyed a much-needed celebration following back-to-back home losses.

“Man, it’s surreal,” Foye said. “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.”

It was the first game-winner for Foye since he arrived in the NBA in 2006.

“That’s probably one of the top moments in my playing career,” he said. “I’ve had 30-point games. I’ve had 16 rebounds, 16 assists. I threw a lot of alley-oops to (Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan) in L.A. when they were dunking on people. But nothing was as big as this shot tonight for me personally in my career.”

It couldn’t have been much more dramatic.

After Matt Barnes hit a 3-pointer to give the Clippers a two-point lead with 6.2 seconds remaining, the Nuggets called a timeout to review their options.

Wilson Chandler was option No. 1 on a backdoor screen, but big man J.J. Hickson couldn’t deliver the ball from the high post. Ty Lawson was option No. 2, but he was covered, leaving Foye to take a handoff and create a shot from long distance.

“I thought we had Wilson open on that last play,” Shaw said. “He was open right underneath the basket. I think J.J. was just a little bit hesitant to throw it, but Randy came off and shot it with confidence. It was just nice to have a break go our way for a change.”

Foye was in the spotlight at the end, but the Nuggets had heroes up and down the box score. Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting. He also had 11 rebounds and made all four of his free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

“He came ready to play and that’s why he stayed on the floor for the minutes that he was on the floor,” Shaw said. “He just brought it continuously. Tonight he was the ‘Manimal’ and that’s what we want to see every night.”

The Nuggets also got a boost from point guard Ty Lawson, who scored 27 points after missing two games with a strained left rotator cuff. Hickson added 17 points and 12 rebounds to help offset a 36-point, 11-rebound performance by Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

In addition, Denver made its final 15 free throws while going without a field goal for more than six minutes after Faried scored on a putback midway through the fourth quarter.

The drought ended with Foye’s final shot.

FTW.

Foye The Win.


STAR OF THE GAME

Kenneth Faried

Points 28 11-13 FG, 6-9 FT
Rebounds 11, 3 OFF 8 DEF
Assists 3
Steals 1
Blocks 2
GAME LEADERS
Points Blake Griffin 36
Rebounds J. J. Hickson, DeAndre Jordan 12
Assists Darren Collison 6
Steals Darren Collison 2
Blocks DeAndre Jordan 3
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Nuggets guard Randy Foye on hitting game-winning shot at the buzzer

“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"

KEY MOMENT

Nuggets find stroke from free-throw line

After starting 16-of-29 from the free-throw line, the Nuggets made their final 15 attempts from the stripe. Denver had just one field goal in the game's final 6 minutes -- Randy Foye's winner at the buzzer.

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Postgame Quotes

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw

On tonight’s game:
“It was nice to finally get a break to go our way. Our guys really, really fought the entire night. Obviously we overcame a great game from Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford coming off the bench.”

On Kenneth Faried’s play tonight:
“We got a great contribution from Kenneth, who was just all over the place tonight. [He] played tenaciously; grabbing rebounds, pushing it, finishing inside.”

On if tonight was Kenneth’s best all-around game:
“Yeah, especially considering the competition. He was up for playing Blake Griffin and just two physical guys that have supreme energy out there on the floor and he [Kenneth] came ready to play and that’s why he stayed on the floor for the minutes that he was on the floor. He just brought it continuously. Tonight he was the Manimal and that’s what we want to see every night.”

On how Ty Lawson gave the Nuggets life:
“Ty coming back tonight gave us a big shot in the arm; just his speed and ability to attack and create things.”

On the Nuggets last play of the game:
“I thought we had Wilson [Chandler] open on that last play. He was open right underneath the basket. I think J.J. [Hickson] was just a little bit hesitant to throw it but Randy [Foye] came off and shot it with confidence and like I said, it was just nice to have a break go our way for a change.”

Nuggets guard Randy Foye

On game-winning shot:
“We ran an out-of-bounds play that we always run. We were trying to get Will for a two-pointer. I was the second option on that play – probably the third. It was either Will first, then Ty and then me. I knew the ball was kind of coming my way. I just set my man up, came off and Blake (Griffin) took a step back. I rose up and shot it.”

On the feeling of hitting the shot:
“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.”

On whether he knew the shot was good when it left his hand:
“My whole thinking was I know Blake is one of the most athletic guys in the league, so I couldn’t come off half-(speed) and try to get the shot off. When I came off, I just dug that right foot into the floor and just exploded up. Once I did that, I kind of knew it was in.”

On whether he’s had a game-winner before:
“Nope. That’s probably one of the top moments in my playing career. I’ve had 30-point games. I’ve had 16 rebounds, 16 assists. I’ve had plays where I made people fall to get to the basket. I threw a lot of alley-oops to those guys in L.A. when they were dunking on people. But nothing was as big as this shot tonight for me personally in my career.”

Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson

On both teams making big shots late in the game:
“We played hard the whole game—Matt Barnes hit a tough three to put them up, and we came back and got a good look and Randy Foye knocked it down. Coach drew up a great play, something we run a lot, for whatever reason when Wilson [Chandler] came off he was wide open, but I saw DeAndre Jordan on the perimeter of the paint, and I know he likes to use his left side and throw it, so rather than get a turnover I just dribbled it over to Randy and he fired the shot. He’s a great shooter and you see guys all the time shooting in the gym, and him shooting all those threes in the gym definitely paid off tonight.”

On Nuggets Guard Randy Foye hitting a tough three to win the game:
“It was (a tough shot), but he’s a great shooter, and he’s been shooting the ball lights-out for most of his career. One thing about Foye, whether he’s on balance or not, he’s going to make sure he’s got some air under the ball and hold his follow through, and he knocked down a big shot for us. We have to do a great job of building on this win and get ready for Milwaukee because if you lose to Milwaukee this game doesn’t mean anything.”

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried

On what he was thinking when Randy Foye shot the game winning shot at the end of regulation:
“It’s good—that’s it. I have confidence in him, and he has confidence in himself. It helps that he’s from New Jersey, we’re both from the same area, so I know Randy—he’s a New Jersey kid, he stepped up and hit the three.”

On what was working for him tonight that enabled him to score a career-high 28 points:
“Just everything—I’ve got to give credit to my teammates, especially J.J. [Hickson] because starting off early he saw that I was open, got me the ball and I was feeling good. It was just easier for me to go out there and get rebounds and basically block shots and contest shots and do the things I need to do for us to get a win.”

On head coach Brian Shaw saying this is the best game he’s seen Faried play:
“He didn’t see me in the All-Star Game then—but thus far in a Nuggets uniform, this wasn’t my best, but it was up there. It might have been my second-best behind when we played Golden State my rookie year that was probably my best game.”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers

On the last possession of the game:
“Well the play was broken, you can see it, [Randy Foye] just came off and took it. Overall the defense was pretty good. [Foye] made a tough shot. It happens.”

On if the Clippers could have defended the final play any better:
“Yeah we should have switched up but we still got the switch, which was good. And [the Nuggets] were trying to go quick. Give Foye credit, he didn’t stop. He just came and got the ball and made a shot, so you have to give him all the credit.”

On the Clippers giving up 17 offensive rebounds:
“That’s why we lost the game; I mean that’s the game to me. I think we always focus on the final shot. We gave up eight points in the first half off of free-throws, where [the Nuggets] missed a shot and got it back and scored. That’s where the damaged was caused right there. I think it was 17 or 18 offensive rebounds that [the Nuggets] ended up with. We’ve got to rebound better as a group, and it’s not on the bigs, it’s on everybody.”

On the team’s recent lack of consistent play:
“We’re just not consistent enough. Tonight, blame whatever you want, but we were up against a very good defensive team. Fortunately we were good enough offensively to try and win the game but later that’s not going to work. You’re not going to roll it out and be able to outscore everybody. You’re going to have to get stops, you’re going to have to get stops in a row and it has to be consistent. For us to be an elite team we have to do that. We can be a good team the way we are playing, but if you’re going to be elite you’re going to have to have something of a standard defensively. We’re working on it.”

Clippers forward Matt Barnes:

On Randy Foye’s game winner:
“It’s a tough loss. He made a tough shot, we did what we had to do defensively on that last play. The ball just went in.”

On tonight’s game:
“We gave up too much second chance points; they dominated that area of the game. It’s easy to say we got beat by a buzzer beater but there was a lot more that lead up to that. We have to do a better job defensively if someone gets beat off the dribble we need to help. They are a tough team at home. We were leading the game going into the second quarter and gave that up; we can’t do that on the road and expect to win.”

Clippers forward Blake Griffin

On the last second shot:
“There were some things that we could have done differently but in live action we didn’t know what Randy Foye was going to do. I thought we played it well but he hit a fade away three point shot and hit the shot at the buzzer. We have to give him credit.”

On tonight’s game:
“We gave up offensive rebounds and that was huge, we gave up points off those rebounds too. We had turnovers down the stretch but I have to shoot better from the free-throw line. We gave up too many easy baskets, there was a time where we had an 11 point lead in the second quarter and we let them come back. We got to keep that lead especially on the road.”

POSTGAME NOTES

INDIVIDUAL

• Randy Foye scored 14 points, including hitting a 30-foot three-pointer as time expired to give Denver the win. Foye also tallied seven boards, four assists and two blocks. Tonight was the first time in his career he has posted 14+ points, 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks in the same game. It was also the first time in his career he has a game-winning shot.

• Kenneth Faried recorded a career-high 28 points (11-13 FG) to go with 11 rebounds and two blocks. Faried is one of only two players in the NBA this season to score 28+ points while shooting .846-or-better from the field (Brook Lopez is the other).

• It was Faried’s 55th career double-double (46-9 in those games) and 34th at home (32-2 in those games).

• Ty Lawson posted 27 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. It was the third time in his career he has had 27+ points, 6+ rebounds and 4+ assists in the same game, and the first time doing so with 2+ steals.

• JJ Hickson totaled 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. It was his 18th double-double of the season and the 99th of his career.

• Blake Griffin recorded a game-high 36 points to go with 11 rebounds and four assists. It was just the third time in his career he has posted 36+ points and 11+ rebounds in the same game (had 44+ points in both of the other two games).

TEAM

• With tonight’s win, Denver has won 12 of their last 14 home games over the L.A. Clippers. Additionally, the Nuggets have won 18 of the last 28 overall games against the Clippers.

• The Clippers went on a 9-2 run to take a 107-101 lead with 3:37 remaining. Denver responded with a 15-8 run to close the game.

• Kenneth Faried registered a put-back with 6:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, and that was the Nuggets’ final field goal until Randy Foye’s three-pointer at the buzzer.

• Los Angeles shot 12-of-17 (.706) from the field in the fourth quarter, but Denver committed just one turnover and attempted 18 free throws in the final quarter.

• The Nuggets were 15-of-26 (.577) from the free throw line through three quarters, but went 16-of-18 (.889) from the line in the fourth, including making their final 15 attempts.

• Tonight was the first time the Clippers have lost this season when shooting 50%-or-better from the field (14-1 in those games).

• The Nuggets trailed by as many as 13 tonight, the seventh time this season they have won after trailing by 10+ points (first time since 12/9/13 at WAS.

• All five Denver starters scored in double-figures for the second consecutive game and eighth time this season. Denver is now 5-3 when accomplishing this.

• Denver outrebounded the Clippers 52 to 37 tonight, their first game with 50+ boards since 1/11/14 vs. ORL. Denver has outrebounded their opponent in two straight games after being outrebounded in each of the six games prior to that.