Denver - The Milwaukee Bucks had a great chance to get their five-game western swing off to a rousing start.
But they faltered down the stretch in a 91-86 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night at the Pepsi Center.
Nuggets coach George Karl went for speed over size as he used 6-foot-9 Al Harrington to defend Bucks 7-foot center Andrew Bogut in the final quarter.
And the tactic worked as Harrington held his own against Bogut and scored two key baskets, one a dunk on a slip pass from Rudy Fernandez, as Denver overcame a six-point deficit.
Harrington's dunk capped a 10-0 run and gave Denver an 86-81 lead with 4:01 remaining.
The Bucks missed seven consecutive shots before Carlos Delfino drilled a three-pointer with 2:25 left to bring Milwaukee within 86-84.
Referees reviewed the play for a long time to determine whether Delfino's foot was on the line, and it was ruled to be a three-pointer.
A jumper by Stephen Jackson cut Milwaukee's deficit to 87-86 with 1:55 remaining, and...