In a commemoration of the 1994 Denver Nuggets team who beat the then-No. 1 seeded Seattle Supersonics, the current Nuggs' squad used that little bit of magic on the 20th anniversary of the '94 series win to cruise past the Los Angeles Clippers in similar fashion.
With former Denver Nuggets' star players like Dikembe Mutumbo in the audience, the Nuggs seemed to harness the willpower of his historic roster to help them to a 110-100 victory over the Clips Monday. It certainly wasn't easy, as the game stayed close throughout. And the Nuggs pulled it out in the final minutes of the fourth quarter with some big plays made by who else, but their star point guard, Ty Lawson. Scoring or assisting on the final 11 points of the game, Lawson once again demonstrated his leadership and coolness under pressure. But as usual in any Nuggets' victory, Lawson didn't do it alone. As he had six of his teammates break into double digits,while the Clips only had three.
Two players that really stood out for Denver were Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson, who continue their consistent play and both garnered double-doubles in last night's victory. As for the Clips, there's really no stopping Chris Paul and Blake Griffin who combined for 55 points. However, Paul had 6 turnovers and Griffin shot just 7 for 25 from the field.
This marks the second time the Nuggs have put a halt to a win streak for the Clips as they did so last season when they were on a league-best 17-game win streak, and then tonight, stopping their 11-game win streak. The Nuggs are now 2-0 against the No. 3 seed in West. However, the Clips will get one more chance to redeem themselves as these two will face-off once more before the season concludes.
On another positive note for the Nuggs, they have won five of their last eight, including two monumental wins over the Heat IN Miami, and tonight's win over one of the hottest teams in the league. Maybe the Nuggs are on an upward trend? Or maybe this is just a freak occurrence, as their inconsistency throughout the season is what's kept them below .500.
The Nuggs next battle will come in the form of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in Denver. Let's see if they can keep up this stretch of good fortune.