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Postgame report: From the Nuggets locker room

Denver Nuggets Head Coach Brian Shaw
On tonight’s game
”“Well it’s finally nice to be on this side of the game like that for a change. I thought we did a pretty good job all the way around in terms of our pace [and] sharing the ball. We had 34 assists – that’s probably the stat that I’m most impressed with … But I just thought all around our guys looked like a cohesive unit tonight.”

On Kenneth’s constant improvement
“He’s relaxed. As he’s admitted since the trade deadline passed by, he’s been able to just kind of play his game. We’ve given him the green light to rebound and push the ball. Most of the time he makes good decisions at the end of it; whether he’s throwing lobs to his teammates or going all the way to the basket. He’s giving us that energy that we need so it’s great to see. He’s a young player and for him to finish the season strong the way he is right now will definitely carry over into his summer when he goes to play with the U.S. team and try and make that team and hopefully into our season next year and start out like he’s ending this season.”

Denver Nuggets Forward Kenneth Faried
On if that was the most fun he’s had on the basketball court in a while
“Yeah, it is honestly, and that’s what I love to do just have fun, play basketball and when it’s that exciting and that much fun you don’t have any worries. You don’t think about other things, you just think about winning and enjoying the time you have with your teammates.”

On if he had a sense tonight was going to be a career night for him
“Yeah, when I had two fouls and sat down I saw that I had nine points already and I hadn’t even played that much, I thought this might be a career game for me.”

Denver Nuggets Guard Ty Lawson
On tonight’s victory
“It was good for the fans because we have been having a tough stretch on our home court. It was fun for us and we got a lot of dunks and Kenneth Faried got his career-high in points, he played well. We played together and played very well on the defensive end. We tried to get the same offensive flow as the San Antonio Spurs by passing and cutting, not too much holding the ball.”

On Kenneth Faried
“He is getting better by pushing the ball and finding open teammates. A year and half ago I said he can be like a Charles Barkley type of player because he could go coast to coast with a lot of energy. He is living up to my statement. He is also feeling more relaxed because the trade deadline is over; I hope next year he could come out the same way. We will be a tough team to beat.”