A spirited 21-6 run to open the fourth quarter captained by backup point guard Monte Morris had the Nuggets leading the Bucks by four points with 5:36 remaining in regulation after a Trey Lyles lay-in. Thanks to stellar play from its bench, Denver was in position to add a victory over Most Valuable Player candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and the now 10-3 Bucks to its impressive early-season resume of wins that includes Golden State, Utah and Boston.
But Denver would soon encounter an offensive power outage that could have blacked out all of LoDo. The Nuggets only scored five points over the game’s final five-plus minutes. They shot 2-8 in the last 5:30 against the Bucks, were outscored 16-5, committed four turnovers, three of which came in the final 1:50, and scored on just three of their final 13 possessions.
“Just a comedy of errors down the stretch,” Michael Malone said after the loss.
Here’s a detailed look at Denver’s final 13 possessions against Milwaukee and what went wrong for the Nuggets down the stretch.