The Denver Nuggets started Tuesday by announcing the termination of Brian Shaw with only six weeks remaining this season. They finished their whirlwind day with the first win since the All-Star break, ending a 10-game skid at the Pepsi Center by beating the Milwaukee Bucks last night, 106-95.
Shaw’s former team played with fire and purpose, which has been noticeably absent over the last several weeks. Kenneth Faried’s intensity was once again felt on the court, too, as Manimal’s motor was revved up to a level fans have been accustomed to the last couple years. Witness this blast on Michael Carter-Williams:
Four Nuggets’ starters finished with double figures, including Faried’s double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds). Tuesday’s victory marked Denver’s first win at home since January 14th and their first win under interim head coach Melvin Hunt.