The Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies have identical 11-1 records since the NBA All-Star break.

The secrets to their success couldn’t be more incongruous.

With their rocket-fueled fast-break offense, the Nuggets have won 10 straight games by racing past short-breathed opponents.

With their lockdown defense, the Grizzlies have won their past six games by stifling the opposition into submission.

Think Rembrandt vs. Andy Warhol. Beethoven vs. Black Sabbath.

Having won nine straight games and 19 of their past 23, the Denver Nuggets look like a team that has been playing together for several years, rather than several months.

Only five players from Denver’s current roster were with the team during the 2011 NBA playoffs, while point guard Ty Lawson is the lone player remaining from Opening Night 2009-10.

The getting-to-know-you process is coming along nicely.

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