Two games into the season and the Denver Nuggets have already cruised to two easy wins. And they did it with their fast break, unselfish style.
The Nuggets blew past the defending champions Dallas Mavericks on Monday, 115-93, inDallasand on Wednesday night the Nuggets celebrated their home opener with an easy 117-100 win.
Nene, who signed a $64 million for 5 years, overcame a sub par game on Monday to lead the Nuggets with 25 points and seven rebounds. Nene had 19 points at halftime and helpedDenvertake a 22-point lead into halftime.
The Brazilian big man finished the contest. making 10 of 13 shots, hitting all five of his free throws and getting three steals and two blocks
Al Harrington and Andre Miller have been big sparks off the bench for the Nuggets during the first two games.
Harrington followed up Monday’s 18-point performance by scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds off the bench on Wednesday.
Miller, who had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists on Monday, led the Nuggets with 12 assists on Wednesday.
Rudy Fernandez got hot in the fourth when he did his best JR Smith impression and nailed three treys late and scored all 11 of his points in the final quarter when the game was well in hand. Fernandez worked to get his teammates involved and dealt out eight assists before looking for his own shot in the fourth.
Ty Lawson also chipped in 15 points, Danilo Gallinari added 11 and Arron Afflalo finished with 10.
Rookie Kenneth Faried saw his first minutes in the NBA; he missed all three of his shots, but did grab four rebounds and a blocked shot.