OAKLAND – In a season of horrid losses before adoring fans at Oracle Arena, the Warriors bottomed out on Thursday night, snoozing to a 100-99 humiliation to an utterly generic version of the Nuggets.
The playoffs, one victory away, will have to wait.
And they will continue to wait if the Warriors insist on putting forth similar efforts.
The Warriors (48-30) simply were outworked and outlasted by an inferior club. The Nuggets (35-44) shot only 37.5 percent but owned the glass (63-38) and despite being down by as much as 20 never, ever quit.
Kenneth Faried hit a 6-footer over Draymond Green with .5 seconds left that silenced the sellout crowd and sent the Warriors into the night.
This evening of cruising and slacking off nearly ended in triumph, as Stephen Curry's floater provided a 99-98 lead with 4.7 seconds to play.
Curry led four Warriors in double figures, scoring 24 points. Klay Thompson added 21, while Jermaine O'Neal came off the bench for 12 and Jordan Crawford tossed in 10.
The Warriors missed an opportunity to reach the 48-win mark for the first time since 1994, while assuring themselves making the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1992.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: On a night of goats, Curry was least goat-like, nearly pulling out the victory.
No, the standout on this night Denver center Timofey Mozgov, who finished with 23 points and 29 rebounds.
TURNING POINT: Faried's jumper capped a night on which the Warriors led 47-27 in the second quarter, but were outscored 73-52 the rest of the way.
INJURY REPORT: PF David Lee (strained right hamstring) ran through individual drills before the game but did not play remains out indefinitely, as does C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery rehab).
D-LEAGUE NOTE: Seth Curry scored 44 points, including nine 3-pointers, to lead the host Santa Cruz Warriors to a 140-127 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders in Game 1 of the D-League playoffs.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors after Thursday's game left for Los Angeles, where on Friday night they face the Laker at Staples Center, where the Dubs have lost 11 in a row. The Warriors won two of the three previous games and are seeking to win a season series over the Lakers for the first time since 1994-95.