The Boston Celtics were given a shock on their home court last night as they fell to a youthful and energetic Denver Nuggets team that now holds a .500 record after six games.
Without Al Horford, Kelly Olynyk and Jaw Crowder, it was always going to be tough for Boston, but the manner of their defeat - going down 123-107 at TD Garden - was a surprise.
Emmanuel Mudiay set the tone for the game with a huge 24 points in the opening quarter as Denver stormed into a 42-23 lead.
Dropping 24 points in the first 12 minutes, the Congolese 20-year-old outscored the entire Celtics roster on his own and ended up tying his career-high 30 points.
Mudiay showed his full array of talent, driving to the basket with confidence and direction and dropping his mid-range jump shots and three-pointers with consummate ease.
For a player who shot an effective field goal percentage of 40% last season, dropping 9-10 in the first quarter seemed like something of an anomaly.
He cooled off somewhat as the game went on, scoring just 6 more points, but still ended with a field goal percentage of 61%, including going 3-5 from three.
Having only entered the league last summer, Mudiay has plenty of upside and still has a lot of time to develop his jump shot.
Only time will tell whether this was the start of something special or whether Mudiay will regress into the same shooting slump that severely affected his statistics in his rookie campaign.