Earlier this evening I received a text from a friend of mine who just happens to be a Denver resident and supposed Nuggets fan. The text implored me to finally write something nice about the Nuggets. My first question was of course, “why would I do that?” – but after a few promises (she now owes me 8 back-rubs and has to act out the entire script of the classic film Zapped Again! completely by herself), I’ve agreed to be nice. Thus enjoy this Denver-ized version of the Nightcap.
Nuggets 106 Lakers 103 – OMG DENVER IS #1! That tremendous lead-in notwithstanding, the Nuggets rallied from a poor first quarter to defeat the Lakers and even the Western Conference Finals at one game a piece. The victory snapped an 11 game playoff losing streak for the Nuggets against LA and was Denver’s first ever playoff victory against the Lakers (what is the record you ask? The Lakers claimed 12 in a row against the Suns in the 80’s – neat huh?). Carmelo Anthony scored over 30 points for the 2nd consecutive game and officially put an end to any discussion that he struggles against the Lakers. After blowing Game 1, the real question was how Denver would respond – now we have our answer, and a series.
The Lakers had a chance to tie with seconds remaining in the game, but Nene blocked Derek Fisher’s corner three to seal the deal. Kobe led his team with 32 points, but the Lake Show got absolutely nothing from the point guard position – only 3 points combined between Fisher and Jordan Farmar while Chauncey Billups (this is where I’d usually make fun of his nickname…but…back-rub) scored 27 for Denver.
The series shifts back to Denver for Game 3 and the much-maligned Game 4 . Since it’s Denver day on SoD I’ll just assume they win both games and the series. Denver for NBA Champs!
This day in Nuggets history – 1994:
The mighty Nuggets lost to Utah in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. This may seem like bad news, but in the game Dikembe Mutombo recorded his 38th block of the series – setting an NBA playoff record for a seven game series in the process.