If they played in this conference, the Nuggets would be talking playoffs. But they're not. And facing the Eastern Conference's Milwaukee Bucks right now offers only a chance to heal from a rough last two weeks of losses, injuries and fatigue.

The Bucks definitely have that healing touch.

The last time the Nuggets won was Feb. 5 — against Milwaukee. And now, in an emergency situation, they broke the glass and took advantage of the situation again, snapping a five-game losing streak with a 101-90 win over the Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday night.

The all-star break clearly was the mind-clearing experience Nuggets coach Brian Shaw hoped it would be. His Nuggets have put together back-to-back focused efforts — and were rewarded this time with a victory, unlike Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks were the first team the Nuggets held under 100 points since Jan. 25.

"It's a good win," Shaw said. "It feels good to know what it feels like to get a 'W' again. It's been a while for us. I thought that our team defensively really got after it."

A large dose of Kenneth Faried was just what the Nuggets ordered. The Manimal threw his weight around all night, collecting 12 of his game-high 26 points in the first half, and adding six rebounds for good measure.

"I decided to be aggressive and basically take over the team; put the team on my back and just be the go-to guy and be that player that I know I'm capable of and I was drafted here to be," Faried said.