Heat fans filed out of American Airlines Arena and tried to reason their way through what they just witnessed. "But the Nuggets are horrible ..." said one. "You're a jinx," said a man to a lady who might be hard-pressed to get a return trip to a Heat game. But then there was the only one that would have made sense to the Nuggets "They just came here to win," that fan said, shrugging. And win the Nuggets did. Against the odds and the two-time defending NBA champion Heat, the Nuggets built a 16-point lead in the second half and held on for a 111-107 victory. The Heat now has lost five of its past six games. They say this city is a distraction to road teams that come in and soak up all of the fun it has to offer and then suffer through not having enough energy in the tank to win a game. Only, it was the Heat playing distracted, disinterested basketball Friday night. The Nuggets took full advantage in what power forward Kenneth Faried called their biggest win of the season. "This is the number one win of our season," said Faried, who led the Nuggets with 24 points and 10 rebounds. "To come here, and they say it's a trap here, and for all of us to have fun and come out and play hard and do what we need to do and take care of business, it's great. It's number one." The win was the Nuggets' second straight on the road, making it the first time the team has won consecutive road games since early December with victories over Philadelphia and Washington. It was the team's first win in Miami since 2009. "When we play together and we play the right way, we can play with anybody," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "Tonight was proof. To come here on their court and win in the manner that we did, we can play with anybody. Just trying to get them to understand that, realize that and bring that kind of energy and effort and complete team effort from everyone." The Nuggets built their big lead while playing before a stunned, disbelieving crowd. But when LeBron James (21 points), Dwyane Wade (19 points) and Chris Bosh (11 points) are on your side, you never think any game is unwinnable.
Nuggets hang on to stun two-time defending champion Heat in Miami
Denver Post | Mar 15