(Eds: Adds background, quotes. With AP Photos.) By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Sports Writer Before every game at the Pepsi Center, the public address announcer admonishes the crowd to drink plenty of water because at 5,280 feet one can get dehydrated pretty quickly.
It's more showmanship than a public health service, really, designed to remind opponents that they're about to play a mile above sea level.
The Denver Nuggets have long tried to use altitude to their advantage, and this season they finally have the type of team to capitalize on the thin air.
With a starting five led by speedy point guard Ty Lawson and an energetic bench that only ramps up the pace on chest-heaving opponents, the Nuggets are 26-3 at home this season.
That's tied with the Miami Heat for the best home record in the NBA.
The Nuggets have won 11 straight at the Pepsi Center in their quest to catch Memphis for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, which would give them the home-court advantage in th...