Denver coach Mike Malone wanted more passion, fire and emotion. The young Nuggets responded.
Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and Denver beat the San Antonio Spurs 117-103 today, rebounding from a flat performance tie the first-round series at two games apiece.
"We can talk to we're blue in the face about, 'Hey, we're going to hit them first,' and all that," Malone said.
"Go out there and do it."
The Nuggets did so, winning in San Antonio for the first time since 2012. Denver had lost three straight postseason games in San Antonio dating to their last playoff matchup in 2007 and had also lost 13 straight regular-season games on the road to the Spurs.
"It's an unbelievable win," said Paul Millsap, one of the few Nuggets with previous postseason experience.
"I can't put into words the magnitude of this win."