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Warriors hold off Nuggets 106-105 in wild finish

  • Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried (35) blocks a shot attempt from Golden State Warriors' David Lee (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

OAKLAND — If there were ever a time to praise the benefits of replay, Warriors coach Mark Jackson found it.

Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded was waived off, and Golden State held on for a wild 106-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night after four replay reviews over the final 3.4 seconds.

Iguodala received a cross-court inbounds pass and connected from the left wing with a hand in his face, and Denver players celebrated by running off the court toward their locker room. But the Warriors stayed put and waited on yet another review by officials at the scorer's table — then began their own cheers at raucous Oracle Arena when officials ruled the shot came just an instant after time expired.

"I was very confident that it didn't count," Jackson said. "That being said, I didn't know what the results were going to be, the same way with some of the other calls. Mistakes are going to be made — by players, by coaches, by referees. At the end of the day I'm just thankful we're at a time where we review it. Great camera work. Shout out to the camera man."

Iguodala missed the last of three free throws that would have tied the game with 3.4 seconds to go, but Denver still had two more chances to win.


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