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A Playoff Win for the Ages


April 29th, 2009 by aswitzer

In looking back upon the Denver Nuggets first round, game four dominating 121-63 victory over the New Orleans Hornets, let’s take a look at the numbers:

  • Largest margin of victory on the road, in NBA playoff history (58 points)
  • Tied the largest margin of victory (Minneapolis Lakers – 1956) in NBA playoff history (58 points)
  • The Nuggets held the Hornets to the lowest score in a half in NBA playoff history (24 points)
  • The Nuggets held Chris Paul to one of the worst games of his career – 4 points, 6 assists, 6 turnovers.
  • It was the first time Chris Paul had scored less than 14 points in a playoff game
  • Using a swarming, active defense, the Nuggets forced New Orleans into 27 turnovers and capitalized on that with 41 points
  • The Nuggets shot nearly 57% from the field while holding New Orleans to less than 32%
  • The Nuggets previous largest margin of victory was 30 points in 1985
  • Not a single starter for either team played in the 4th quarter
  • Nuggets playoff opponent all-time low – total points (63)
  • Nuggets playoff opponent all-time low – assists (10)
  • Nuggets playoff opponent all-time low – field-goal percentage (31.5%)
  • The last time the Nuggets won a best-of-seven playoff series was 1985
Chris Paul: What just happened?

Chris Paul: What just happened?

Some quotes after the game:

“In a strange sort of way, being up by that much is kind of embarrassing for the team that’s up sometimes,” Chauncey Billups‘ said Tuesday, 12 hours after the Nuggets’ 121-63 shellacking of the Hornets. “Only because, you play the game with integrity and you don’t want to show anybody up. But at the same time you want to play hard and you want to compete.

“Every coach talks about playing a playoff game, every possession having value, every possession having intensity to it,” Coach George Karl began. “I thought my team, probably in my career, I’ve never seen a team probably do that on every possession – do what they were supposed to do and play the game the right way – as much as they did tonight.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a team play defense like that,” Coach George Karl said. “Defensively, when you play this well, offense just happens.”

My take:

I have never seen a less competitive NBA playoff game, and I’ve watched 100’s over the past few decades. I’ve been to every home Nuggets playoff game since 1994 (yes, there were quite a few years in there where they had zero!) and I have never been more proud of my favorite home team. This even includes the amazing run we had in 1994 as the #8 seed, when we upset Seattle and took Utah to 7 games. We just trampled a playoff team that won nearly 50 games by playing the kind of defense that this town has not seen in many seasons, and by playing “the right way” on offense by passing the ball and sharing. From Chauncey and Carmelo all the way down the bench to backup-backup-point-guard Jason Hart, this team took both of those things to heart and kept it up for the entire game, even when it was basically over midway thru the 3rd quarter.

David West – the Hornets 2009 All-Star forward was playing the kind of defense that Carmelo Anthony used to play – namely, not moving his feet or ever helping as a Nuggets player drove past his man. I had forgotten how frustrating that was to watch.

Final thought:

Savor this win Nuggets fans, then get online and buy a playoff ticket to tonight’s Game #5 if you don’t already have one. The Nuggets have the heads on straight and will bring their “A” game to make sure that they do their best to close out the Hornets before looking ahead to matching up with the Dallas Mavericks in round 2. With a little (LOT) noise from the crowd at the Pepsi Center, the Nuggets will be an unstoppable force.

Don’t miss out on what Denver hoops fans have been craving for the past 15 years – an NBA team that’s going places in the playoffs!

GO NUGGETS!

2 Responses to “A Playoff Win for the Ages”

  1. Wavatar Ken Switzer Says:

    Go Nuggs!

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