DENVER Corey Brewer sank three free throws with 2.1 seconds left, and the Denver Nuggets stretched their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games with a 101-100 thriller over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Anthony Randolph blocked Damien Wilkins desperation jumper at the buzzer to secure Denvers 16th consecutive win at the Pepsi Center and its most unlikely.
Brewer finished with 29 points.
Wilkins had 24 points, and Jrue Holliday had 18 points and 15 assists for the Sixers.
Brewer scored the Nuggets last six points, including a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left that pulled Denver within 100-98.
Brewer fouled Evan Turner with 7.1 seconds left, and he missed both free throws.
After a timeout, Anthony Miller inbounded to Danilo Gallinari, who passed to Brewer, who was knocked down on his 3-point try by Wilkins.
The Nuggets havent lost at home since Jan. 14 against Washington.
Theyre in the midst of their longest winning streak since joining the NBA in 1976, a streak that survived despite an uncharacteristic 20 turnovers.
Even though Miller scored a season-high 21 points, the Nuggets sorely missed Ty Lawson (right heel) and Wilson Chandler (left shoulder).
Both Denver players were hurt in Denvers signature win at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Then, the Nuggets nearly lost to the NBAs lowest scoring team, one that owns just six road wins, tied for the fewest in the league this season.
Gallinaris turnover led to Wilkins jumper that made it 98-90 with two minutes remaining, and the crowd was standing in disbelief.
Randolphs slam dunk with made it 98-95, but Holiday sank two free throws with 14 seconds left for Philadelphias five-point cushion.
Brewers 3-pointer made it 100-98 and the Sixers called a timeout with 9.2 seconds left when they couldnt inbound the ball.
After Turner missed his second free throw, Anthony Randolph corralled the rebound and called a timeout with 6.8 seconds remaining.
Before the game, it was noted that George Karls team has been flying under the radar because of the Miami Heats 24-game winning streak that included a comeback Wednesday night from a 27-point deficit in Cleveland.
Thats fine, Karl said. Thats fine with me. I just dont want to get down 27 (Thursday). I dont think we can shoot the 3 as well as Miami does and make the comeback.
Philadelphia coach Doug Collins said just because the Heat have the second-longest winning streak in NBA history doesnt diminish what the Nuggets are doing.
Weve won three in a row one time this year. They have four losses in 60 days; we have four wins in 60 days. Winning is very contagious, and you get into that feeling where you go to the gym and youre supposed to win. I think Denver has it, Collins said before tipoff.
Theyve had some amazing wins. Winning on the road at Oak City, winning at Chicago they find ways to do it, they do it in different ways. I dont see them overplaying anybody to do that. Thats the real key. They have a different kind of team where they dont count on one particular guy on a night to be that guy.
On Thursday night, it was Brewers turn to turn on the heroics, and extend Denvers streak.