In the last four days the Nuggets have taken down the Miami Heat and then on Monday, the NBA's hottest team, the L.A. Clippers.

The next logical question the players wondered after their 110-100 win at the Pepsi Center was: Why couldn't this happen all year long?

It's a complicated answer. But the Nuggets have found a way to play a better brand of basketball this month. They're 5-5 in March after losing all but three of their 12 games in February. The Clippers had won 11 straight games before the Nuggets took them down, powered by a 14-2 run to end the game.

"You look at it, we shot ourselves in the foot a lot this season," guard Randy Foye said. "Had a lot of injuries. But everything happens for a reason."

The Nuggets' third win in their last four games happened for a lot of good reasons.

Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson combined for 39 points and 27 rebounds. Defensively, the Nuggets found a way to not allow the Clippers to score in the final 3:31. The Clippers were 0-for-5 from the field to end the game.

"We'd definitely be in the playoffs right now if we took care of the Sacramentos and the Minnesotas of the league," Nuggets guard Ty Lawson said. "We definitely could be in playoff position. It's a little bit frustrating."

Because the Nuggets aren't in playoff position, the finish of the season is getting acute attention. There are things the Nuggets want to accomplish in the final month of the regular season, which for them will end on April 16.