The Denver Nuggets pulled off a surprising upset when they defeated the top-seeded Seattle SuperSonics 98-94 overtime in Game 5 of their Western Conference in 1994. The eighth-seeded Nuggets won the first last three games of the series. The Nuggets victory was the first time the eighth-seed upset the first-seed since the First Round of the NBA Playoffs went to a best-of-5 format in 1984. Mutombo is often considered one of the best defensive players ever to set foot on the court. He is a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year winner and eight-time NBA All-Star. Mutombo was the fourth overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He spent four years with the Atlanta Hawks, then played a year each with the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Nets, and the New York Knicks. Mutombo ended his career with the Houston Rockets. He averaged 2.8 blocks and 10.3 rebounds per game throughout his 18 -season NBA career. Mutombo retired in 2009 and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2015.
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