Down five points with less than 10 seconds left, Corey Brewer figured this was the end of the Denver Nuggets’ longest streak since joining the NBA in 1976.
“To be honest, I didn’t think we had any chance of winning,” Brewer said after lifting Denver to a 101-100 win — its 14th straight overall — over the stunned Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Brewer sank a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left, quickly fouled Evan Turner — a 75 percent free-throw shooter who missed both of his foul shots with 7.1 seconds remaining — and then sank three free throws with 2.1 seconds left after drawing the whistle on Damien Wilkins.
Fellow reserve Anthony Randolph, playing because Wilson Chandler was out with a dislocated left shoulder, blocked Wilkins’ desperation jumper at the buzzer to secure Denver’s 14th straight win overall and 16th straight at the Pepsi Center.
It’s not quite the 24-game run the Miami Heat are on, but it’s still plenty impressive.
With Ty Lawson also out, Andre Miller took over at the point and got winded pretty quickly. The Nuggets, overlooked in the great surge by the Heat, played their ugliest game of their streak, which started back on Feb. 23. They turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 20 times and didn’t find a rhythm until the very end as they narrowly avoided their first home loss since falling to Washington on Jan. 14.
“It wasn’t fun,” Nuggets coach George Karl said, “but it ended up being fun.”
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