Only one game was on the slate tonight…
Nuggets 124 Mavericks 110 – Guess that Chauncey Billups trade worked out OK. The Nuggets put all the B.S. with the Mavericks aside and won Game 5 in comfortable fashion, advancing to the conference finals for the first time since 1985. Carmelo Anthony put up 30 in the victory to lead Denver, while Chauncey Billups added 28 and 12 assists. This will represent Billups’ 7th consecutive trip to the conference finals, unearned nickname or not, that is pretty impressive. Anthony on the other hand had this to say about the victory:
“It’s special. We worked hard in the offseason and training camp and throughout,” Anthony said. “We stuck to everything, we overcame adversity, we stayed humble and our hard work paid off.”
Not a bad quote, however all I read from that is “We’re happy to be in the conference finals, now Lakers, go ahead and send us home in 5 or 6! K? Thanks!” Denver has won 16 straight at home, so perhaps they can make some sort of series of it, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
1993 Western Conference 2nd Round Game 2 – Suns 109 Spurs 103 – There was no second game, what did you expect? 16 years ago exactly the Suns could actually defeat the Spurs in the playoffs and did so behind Charles Barkley who posted a 35-10 along with 7 steals to lead Phoenix. Naturally Vinny Del Negro scored 19 points in 17 minutes and former Naval officer David Robinson put up 27 to lead the Spurs. Nobody else was that special for the Suns that evening, but they still took a 2-0 lead in the series, a series they would go on to win in 6 games when Sir Charles hit this shot:
Those were the days. Game 6 of Celts-Magicians and Lakers-Rockets are tomorrow. I think both series’ end.