Denver Nuggets in History

Events in Sport

  • 1975-10-25 Denver Nuggets 1st game at McNichols Sports Arena beat St Louis Spirits
  • 1976-05-13 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2
  • 1976-06-17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • 1979-02-04 29th NBA All-Star Game, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Mi: West beats East, 134-129; MVP: David Thompson, Denver Nuggets, SG
  • 1982-02-15 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • 1982-02-27 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • 1983-04-26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game
  • 1983-11-30 Denver Nuggets coach Doug Moe, hoplessly behind, advise team to let Blazers break their scoring record
  • 1984-01-11 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • 1988-01-28 Denver Nuggets point guard Michael Adams takes record streak to 79 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal in 117-102 loss against Indiana at Market Square Arena; streak ends next game
  • 1989-01-11 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • 1989-10-21 Betram Lee & Peter Bynoe purchase the Denver Nuggets for $65m - 1st African American owners of a major sports team,
  • 1989-10-22 Denver Nuggets beat Jugoplastika Split 135-129 in 3rd McDonald Open
  • 1990-11-02 Golden State Warriors register a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena, with the 320 total points setting an NBA record for most points scored by 2 teams in a non-overtime game
  • 1991-01-31 Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double
  • 1991-12-12 NJ Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81
  • 1994-05-07 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995-02-01 Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic Johnson's all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221, in a 129-98 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Centre in Salt Lake City

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1998-01-23 Denver Nuggets tie the NBA single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96; streak ends with a 99-81 win the next day against the LA Clippers
  • 2000-07-06 Real estate developer Stan Kroenke announces the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Centre for $450m from the Ascent Entertainment Group
  • 2018-02-15 Denver's Serbian center Nikola Jokić records fastest triple double in NBA history (14 minutes, 33 seconds) in the Nuggets' 134-123 win at Milwaukee; Jokić finishes with 30 points, 17 assists, 15 rebounds
  • 2019-01-16 Golden State Warriors break 2 franchise records in 142-111 win over Denver Nuggets; in 1st quarter, record 10 three-point field goals on way to franchise best 51 points in the period
  • 2019-04-13 Gregg Popovich surpasses Lenny Wilkens to became the all-time winningest coach in NBA history with his 1,413th win as San Antonio Spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 101-96 in Western Conference Playoffs

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestAmbrose Bierce

1842-06-24 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), born in Meigs County, Ohio (d. 1914)

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • 1936-12-14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1948-10-25 Dan Issel, American NBA coach and player (27,482 points, Denver Nuggets), born in Batavia, Illinois
  • 1960-08-06 Dale Ellis, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1963-11-28 Johnny Newman, NBA guard/forward (Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1964-12-17 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1966-06-25 Dikembe Mutombo, Congolese-American NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets), born in Leopoldville, Congo
  • 1966-11-27 Dean Garrett, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1967-03-27 Tom Hammonds, American NBA forward (Minn Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets), born in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 1969-03-09 Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • 1969-08-03 Doug Overton, American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-01-16 Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1970-05-05 LaPhonso Ellis, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1970-06-22 Rastko Cvetkovic, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1970-10-07 Harold Ellis, English NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1970-12-10 Bryant Stith, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1971-09-06 Anthony Goldwire, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971-09-15 Michael Malone, American basketball head coach (Denver Nuggets 2015-19; Sacramento Kings 2013-14; NBA All-Star Game 2019), born in Queens, New York
  • 1972-07-17 Eric Williams, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1973-01-20 Jalen Rose, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973-03-13 Bobby Jackson, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • 1973-08-02 George Zidek, Czech NBA center (Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Zlin, Czechia
  • 1973-08-31 Priest Lauderdale, NBA center (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1974-03-23 Eric Washington, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1974-09-07 Antonio McDyess, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 2001; Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons), born in Quitman, Mississippi
  • 1974-09-24 Kiwane Garris, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1976-02-11 Tony Battie, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976-03-27 Danny Fortson, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Sport

  • 2019-12-13 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), dies from complications of dementia at 82