Dikembe Mutombo played like a beast in Denver's 1994 upset of the SuperSonics.
You always remember your first, right?
The 1994 Denver Nuggets were the first-ever No. 8 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed and it was a watershed moment in the NBA.
In 1994 there was the Seattle SuperSonics and then there was everyone else. The Sonics had Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton running the show.
The Nuggets were 42-40 and an also-ran and were no match for Seattle. They had nice players, one outstanding one, but nobody else you’d really want to trade for. After the first two games of the five-game series, it was clear Seattle was the superior team.
Yet, somehow, Denver won the next two games in Denver when Shawn Kemp was in foul trouble in Game 3 and Reggie Williams had 31 points and eight assists for the Nuggets. In Game 4, LaPhonso Ellis had 27 points, 17 rebounds and Seattle committed 19 turnovers. Uh-oh.
Game 5 was the closest of the series, but another nobody stepped up for Denver when Robert Pack had 23 points, Bison Dele had 17 and 19 and then Dikembe Mutombo had eight blocks and pulled in the transcendent rebound to finish off the series.