As the Denver Nuggets continue to play out the string, coach Brian Shaw constantly reminds them to resist letting go of the rope.

In a 24-hour period, they used that rope to tie two Western Conference playoff contenders to the lamp post.

The Nuggets gave their fans reason to be excited about the future with back-to-back victories against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Both wins took place despite the absence of six rotation players sidelined by injuries.

With 23 points and a career-high 29 rebounds, Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov had the game of his life against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Am I surprised? Did I ever have doubts about the Flushin’ Russian? Nyet!!

With the possible exception of the people in his native Russia and his own family, I am Mozgov’s biggest fan.

I like his game and I love his effort. No one on the Nuggets (except Manimal) plays harder.