Andre Miller Celebrates His Birthday and the Denver Nuggets 13th Straight Victory
The Denver Nuggets achieved history Tuesday night, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road to win their 13th straight game. This winning streak set a new record for the franchise since joining the NBA. The Nuggets won 15 straight in the 1969-70 season while still in the ABA, but it’s still reason enough to celebrate.
They also celebrated Andre Miller‘s 37th birthday the same night and the team appreciated his presence most of all. Miller netted 20 points, added nine assists and seven rebounds, and came up with some clutch plays when it looked as though the Thunder may come back and win the game.
Six Nuggets were in double figures and the starters came back after an off-night against the Chicago Bulls the previous evening. Ty Lawson led the team with 25 and Kenneth Faried unleashed the Manimal, scoring his 29th double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
The Nuggets pulled the upset and were able to actually win back-t0-back road games against two winning teams. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 59 of the Thunder’s points, but the Nuggets shocked the crowd at the Chesapeake Energy Arena and probably the rest of the basketball world.
Maybe now they will get a little national attention and credit.
They beat the second-placed Thunder for the second time during their streak and won the season series. They have also beat eight winning teams in the streak and this was their sixth-straight road victory. They now return to Denver to play the non-playoff bound Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
They own the Western Conference’s best home record at 30-3. Their dismal road record improved to 17-19, but they did hand the Thunder only their fifth home loss this season, a very impressive feat. Their next three games are against teams with losing records, so they may end up surpassing their ABA winning-streak record, setting it at 16.
The 17th in a row may be a little challenging.
The Nuggets travel to play the first-placed San Antonio Spurs on March 27, but don’t count out Lawson and company. Underestimating them should be out of mind now, after winning in Oklahoma City.
If they do have the streak intact by the time they play the Spurs, it’s guaranteed to be a great game. Hopefully, it’s a great game that the Nuggets win to prove they are not to be underestimated or written off.
They are still in a close race for the third seed in the West with the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers. The Grizzlies host the Thunder on Wednesday night and if Memphis loses, the Nuggets would move up from fifth to fourth.
The Clippers probably won’t lose their next few games, but you never know in the NBA. Home court advantage looks more promising with every win the Nuggets add to the streak.