Denver Nuggets continue winning streak, flying under the radar

The Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat are both on big winning streaks.The Miami Heat have won 25 games in a row, following a 103-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons Friday night, while the Nuggets have won 14 games in a row, following a 101-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night.

The Heat have 11 more wins during their streak, but The Nuggets winning streak has quietly been more impressive.

The Nuggets have beaten eight playoff teams in 14 games, while the Heat have beaten 12 playoff teams in 24 games. The combined winning percentage of the Nuggets opponents during their streak is .512, while the Heats opponents have a combined .471 win percentage.

The degree of difficulty goes to the Nuggets.

Moreover, I’m sure you’ve heard of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the stars that don Heat jerseys in South Beach. Denver does not have any marquee players that are comparable to what the Heat have, which is a large part of why they have been overlooked.

Without LeBron James, Miami’s streak may have never reached 24 games. Denver has played without Ty Lawson, Wilson Chandler and Danillo Gallinari in parts of their streak.

“That’s fine,” said Nuggets coach George Karl about his team being overlooked prior to their contest versus the 76ers, reports USA Today. “That’s fine with me. I just don’t want to get down 27 tonight. I don’t think we can shoot the 3 as well as Miami does and make the comeback.”

The Nuggets are playing with confidence and excitement, but are staying grounded and focused.

“I just see the things we can improve upon so we can have a great shot at doing special things,” Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala said, reports the Denver Nuggets official website. “Are we there yet? I don’t think so. We just need to continue to keep growing.”

If the Nuggets continue rolling, it may become impossible to continue ignoring them. As for now, they continue winning quietly.

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