The praise now comes from all angles. Where there were once yawns, now, nationally, basketball experts are dialed-in on the Nuggets, officially loving what they see after the team obliterated Chicago on Thursday night.

And while two weeks ago the recognition was something Nuggets coach George Karl said he wanted for his hard-working bunch, which were all passed over for spots at all-star team selection time, he's now backtracked on that a bit as the his team began a four-game road trip Saturday night.

"Probably not," he said about liking their newfound — and earned — attention, though his team responded well to it all in a 111-103 victory over Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena. "We're human beings. When we get loved and kissed too much sometimes I think it gives us a lack of focus and discipline. We have to keep the momentum going."

And aside from a turnover-filled game, which kept the Cavs in striking distance most of the night, the Nuggets were able to do just that. Momentum continued. It is their ninth consecutive victory, which officially is the team's longest win streak in nearly seven years. They won at least nine straight games from March 30-April 15 in 2005.