Denver Nuggets Take Sole Possession of First Place in Western Conference


The Denver Nuggets have surged to the top of the NBA’s Western Conference standings, seizing sole possession of first place for the first time since mid-November. Despite a three-game losing streak prior to the All-Star Break, the Nuggets have displayed remarkable resilience, boasting a 10-1 record since the break.

In their recent victory against the Miami Heat, with a score of 100-88, the Nuggets showcased their determination to secure the No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs. Coach Michael Malone emphasized the importance of home-court advantage, stating, “If we can get it, sure we’re going to take it.”

With a current record of 46-20, the Nuggets sit half a game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder and a full game ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Their upcoming matchups against the Timberwolves will be crucial in maintaining their lead as they aim to close out the regular season strong.

Denver’s success can be attributed to their strong play on both ends of the floor, particularly in the final stages of games. Coach Malone emphasized the importance of performing at their best in the fourth quarter, stating, “It’s closing time.”

As the Nuggets continue their quest for playoff positioning, their recent dominance signals a formidable challenge for their competitors in the Western Conference.

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