The New York Knicks may have had the show on Wednesday night and a high-scoring performance.
The Denver Nuggets on the other hand brought out a different type of show Thursday. A show that featured defense that hasn’t been seen in a few years in Denver.
The Nuggets held the Boston Celtics to only 75 points in a team-oriented victory which featured five players scoring more than 10 points.
The new Nuggets played a part of the show, but also showed some rust. Newly acquired Wilson Chandler was on top of his game, with 16 points (3-4 3-pointers) and five rebounds. While Danilo Gallinari struggled with his shot, his defense wasn’t as bad as advertised. He had three blocks and two steals, he also got Paul Pierce in foul trouble in the first half.
Raymond Felton struggled running the show but showed his leadership and also grabbed five boards. He also had valuable defense on Rajon Rondo late in the fourth quarter.
The new Nuggets also showed little intimidation from the Celtics, Kenyon Martin delivered a hard foul on Kevin Garnett in the second half and Nene showed a little emotion while dunking on Glen ‘The Big Baby’ Davis’ and was dealt a technical.
- Martin finished with a team-high 18 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds
- Nene also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds
- Arron Afflalo added 13
- Ty Lawson dealt out 10 assists and only had 1 turnover
- JR Smith had another impressive game with 12 points and eight boards. But was on the bench for the last three minutes of the game
- Al Harrington struggled shooting and still struggles with his role on the team
- Chris Andersen really struggled, falling for pump fakes, having silly turnovers and not boxing out.