The Denver Nuggets snapped the Golden State Warriors’ 11-game win streak with a 96-81 upset win Saturday. Denver held the NBA’s highest-scoring team to 38.6 percent shooting to complete a 2-0 road trip out West. Here are five observations from the game.
1. Denver is finally defending
Nuggets coach Michael Malone went nuclear for what felt like the dozenth time following his team’s 123-114 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 6.
“We didn’t take it personally,” Malone steamed. “They kicked our ass. It’s becoming the same story every single night. And until our guys start taking it personal, until our guys start understanding the importance of playing defense and guarding your man one-on-one, forget playoffs. That is a word we should not use with this team.”
It’s still December, so maybe only mutter “playoffs” in a hushed tone. But as for Denver’s defense? It’s been leaps and bounds better since Malone called it into question a little more than three weeks ago.