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.

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Christian Clark

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.