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Ten NBA things I like and don't like, including the Nuggets' devastating stars

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Jokic's fadeaway buzzer-beater has Morris in awe (0:28)

Nikola Jokic wants a foul, but has to settle for a tough fadeaway jump shot to end the first half. (0:28)

Let's roll with this week's 10 things, including the Denver Nuggets reaching legitimate contender status, a Utah Jazz dilemma and one rookie flashing a little bravado.

1. The simple devastation of the Jamal Murray-Nikola Jokic two-man game

The Nuggets have obliterated everything in their path since acquiring Aaron Gordon, whose seamless fit I discussed on the Lowe Post podcast this week. The Nuggets are a legit contender. They could also lose in the first round -- almost anyone in the West could -- but they have graduated from "puncher's chance" to "actual chance."

Gordon has changed their team, but the main reason for Denver's ascent is their two best players reaching new levels -- both individually, and in amplifying each other.