They also won their 15th straight at the Pepsi Center and did so against a team they are battling for the third seed in the Western Conference. Currently sitting at fifth, the Nuggets are only a half-game back from the Los Angeles Clippers for third.
The Nuggets have the tiebreaker advantage, having won the season series against both the Grizzlies and Clippers. With only 15 games left in their regular season, they are playing hot when it matters the most. A better way to ensure a second-round berth is to get that home-court advantage in the first round.
They will most likely play against either Memphis or the Golden State Warriors (maybe the Clippers) in the first round and owning the second-best home record in the NBA this season means they need to be able to play at the Pepsi Center for those season-deciding games. They have beaten both of these teams in their own building, but if the first round comes down to a game seven, Coach George Karl and Nuggets Nation would prefer the game to be in Denver.
The Miami Heat seem to be overshadowing what the Nuggets have accomplished with their own streak, having last won 11 straight 30 years ago. The Nuggets are streaking quietly, however, they are beating really good teams from the West and are putting away bad teams even on the road.
The Grizzlies were on a streak of their own coming into Denver having won six straight, but the Nuggets ended their streak and showed teams watching that they should be feared in the postseason.
Kosta Koufos came through again leading all Nuggets in scoring with 18. He added 16 rebounds and is playing great ball of late, scoring when others are struggling. He is playing well with the Nuggets fast pace and has the opportunity to get some easy shots as players like leading scorer Ty Lawson suck defenders out of the lane when driving.
Zach Randolph was a monster for the Grizzlies, tallying 18 points and 18 rebounds. The Grizzlies lost at the Utah Jazz last night, playing a tough back-t0-back at elevation.
Despite making only one three-pointer on 12 attempts, shooting 72.7 percent from the line and scoring only ten points in the third quarter, the Nuggets allowed only 80 points and pulled ahead for the win. Both teams turned the ball over 17 times and will have to make it a point to secure the ball better.
As the regular season winds down there’s no doubt that the Nuggets, Grizzles and Clippers will all be looking to make runs. Who knows, maybe Denver can finish the season winning 26 in a row.