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Nuggets' spiral leads to Michael Malone's harsh public criticism: 'I felt we quit'

PHOENIX — The Denver Nuggets were spiraling in the second half for the second consecutive game, failing on multiple occasions to halt the Phoenix Suns’ offensive breakaway onslaught.

But they tried.

Down 21 early in the fourth quarter of Game 2 on Wednesday night, Nuggets power forward Paul Millsap saw an opportunity to use his power and size for an easy scoring opportunity when smaller point guard Cameron Payne switched onto him on the left elbow.

Millsap aggressively drove left and got a step on the guard. He threw up a floater in the lane, but Payne recovered, leaped and spiked the ball out of bounds.