Nuggets Leave Bubble With Newfound Respect


The Denver Nuggets overcame a pair of 3-1 series deficits in advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.

Their extended stay in Florida ended when LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers sent them packing after Game 5.

Arriving with them is a new reputation around the league as the comeback crew. They became only the third team in the U.S. major pro sports to rally from a pair of 3-1 deficits in the same playoffs.

They joined the 1985 Kansas City Royals and 2003 Minnesota Wild.

The nucleus of the Nuggets features an assortment of drafted and developed players led by Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.