Thursday, March 21, 2013
Nuggets dominating inside during streak
By ESPN Stats & Information
Lost in the shadow of the Miami Heat's 24-game win streak is the Denver Nuggets' win streak.
The Nuggets will try to extend their franchise record win streak to 14 games on Thursday when they play the Philadelphia 76ers at the Pepsi Center, where they have won 15 straight games.
This season, the Nuggets:
• Are 9-4 against their fellow top-five teams in the Western Conference (Spurs, Thunder, Grizzlies, Clippers). That’s the best combined head-to-head record among those five teams.
• Have won the season series (and therefore any tiebreaker) against the Thunder, Clippers and Grizzlies. Denver can still win the season series against the Spurs -- they've split the first two of four meetings this season.
• Have outscored opponents in the paint in 50 straight games. (Denver has been outscored in the paint only twice this season.)
• Dealt the Thunder a double-digit loss on Tuesday when, at the time, Oklahoma City had an NBA-low five double-digit losses.
• Are the only team to beat the Thunder three times this season (although not every team will play Oklahoma City three times).
• Are one of three teams -- along with the Spurs and Heat -- to beat the Thunder more than once this season.
• Flipped the script on Tuesday when they beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Denver was playing on the road, its second game of a back-to-back, against a very good team. Teams with zero days rest on the road against a .600+ team were just 8-46 this season.
• Haven’t lost to a Western Conference team in more than two months, winning 14 straight such games.
• Have put their road woes behind them, winning six straight outside of Denver after starting the season 11-19 on the road.
• Are tied with the Heat for the best home record (30-3).
• Along with the Heat's 24-game win streak, it marks the first time in NBA history that two teams have active win streaks of 13-plus games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.