The Nuggets’ streak lives on thanks to some luck and pluck.
Corey Brewer sank three free throws with 2.1 seconds left and host Denver stretched its franchise-best winning streak to 14 games with a 101-100 thriller over the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night.
Anthony Randolph blocked Damien Wilkins’s desperation jumper at the buzzer to secure Denver’s 16th straight win at the Pepsi Center — and its most unlikely.
The Nuggets trailed by 5 as the clock ticked below 10 seconds.
Brewer sank a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left that made it 100-98. He fouled Evan Turner with 7.1 seconds left and Turner, a 75 percent free throw shooter, missed both of his foul shots, the first one bouncing out and the second one slowly rimming out.
‘‘It’s crazy. To be honest, I didn’t think we had any chance of winning,’’ Brewer said. ‘‘Then he missed those free throws and I was like, ‘OK, we've got a little chance.’ He gave us life.’’
After a timeout, Anthony Miller inbounded to Danilo Gallinari, who handed it off to Brewer, who quickly fired up a 3-pointer as Wilkins slapped him on his left arm, drawing the whistle with 2.1 seconds left.
‘‘I saw him coming and I just tried to get it off quick. He hit my arm, luckily, so I'll take the foul,’’ said Brewer, who finished with 29 points.
After a timeout, Randolph blocked Wilkins, who finished with 24 points.
Trail Blazers 99, Bulls 89 — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points, Damian Lillard added 24, and Portland won at home to take the season series with Chicago for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Joakim Noah had 18 points and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago, which shot 44 percent.
J.J. Hickson grabbed 21 rebounds for Portland, which held a 45-41 rebounding advantage.
Kings 101, Timberwolves 98 — Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and six assists, Tyreke Evans scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Sacramento earned its third straight home win, holding off slumping Minnesota.
Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost two straight and four of five.