DENVER - A media member was waiting for Kings coach Reggie Theus to come talk about his team's upset when he couldn't help but comment on the hooting and hollering you could still hear inside the visitor's locker room.
"It's like they won the title in there," he said.
He was right.
The Kings were certainly celebrating after their win, effusing praise for each other and continuing to enjoy playing the spoiler. A few final thoughts beyond the game story on this one...
* Kings coach Reggie Theus couldn't sing enough praises for Kevin Martin, specifically noting how aggressive the shooting guard was all night long. Martin getting to the line was nothing new (13 of 13), but he was drawing fouls while trying to finish every time too. It's a key distinction, as Martin has plenty of nights when he relies on getting the call and doesn't always try to finish.
And, of course, his 36 points came after he missed the morning shoot-a-round because of a headache and nausea.
"I felt bad when I woke up this morning," he said. "When I got (to the game), I still didn't feel good, but it's the time of year when you just have to fight through things. Everybody is not going to be out there every night, so I just went out there and played for the team."
* For a night, Francisco Garcia disproved Theus' theory that his swingman can't be nearly as effective when he plays the point.
He ran the offense well all night, with Theus noting how he handled the smaller, quicker Allen Iverson with no problems at all, and still managed to score 29 points and dish out six assists.
* I now know what it feels like to have some 19,000 people in shock at once. That was the vibe in the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets hadn't lost since Feb. 25 en route to a 31-7 home record coming in.
From what I was told, the Nuggets locker room was a ghost town afterward, with Iverson doing his standard press conference but the other players bolting quickly.
* The infamous Linas Kleiza showed why Geoff Petrie was so high on him leading up to the February trade deadline, scoring 28 points while starting for the suspended Kenyon Martin.
* As an addendum to the Grant Napear item from below, there was a backstory on why he said he asked Ziller to stop selling the shirts.
In general terms, Napear said he had dealt with a similar situation years ago, with someone making shirts that had all of his most well-known catch phrases and promising to donate the proceeds to charity.
Napear was fine with the idea until the money never found its way to the charity, at which point the organization came his way with the assumption that he had been part of the project. The experience was, as Napear said, "embarrassing," and nothing he wanted to go through again.
MIKKI MOORE FEATURED IN NBA COMMERCIAL
Kings forward Mikki Moore told me this evening that he is being featured in an NBA - "Where Amazing Happens" - commercial during Sunday's ABC telecast of the Phoenix-Dallas game.
I've got to imagine the spot focuses on the arduous path Moore took to get where he is, from playing overseas to the D-League to even giving up $500,000 once so his NBA team (I believe the Jazz) would cut him and let him get his game right in the minors.
Tipoff at 12:30 Pacific, so keep an eye out for that. As a frame of reference in case you haven't seen this attention-grabbing series of spots, here's an example...
- Sam Amick