The Denver Nuggets’ 117-97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder cooled off a scorching January start, during which Denver went 7-1 and won its last six games entering Jan. 16. Oklahoma City is the class of the Western Conference and, as its blowout win indicates, the Nuggets have things upon which to improve—especially because they share a division with Kevin Durant and Co.—before entering into that conversation.
Oklahoma City leads the NBA in point differential, scoring 9.44 points more than its opponents on a nightly basis; Denver is seventh at 2.44. The Nuggets are a playoff-caliber squad in all but one of John Hollinger’s 2012-13 team statistics (via ESPN.com). At 24-17, they’re currently slotted into the No. 6 seed despite playing seven more road games (24) than home games (17) halfway through the season.
Still, they’ll have to put some things together in order to make any postseason noise.
All statistics are accurate prior to games played on Jan. 17, 2013.