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Nuggets Make It 3-0 On Road Trip

Nobody needs to remind Al Harrington who is up next after the Nuggets defeated the Washington Wizards.

But the question is do the New York Knicks know what is in store for them Saturday night?

Friday night the Nuggets improved to 3-0 to start their 5-game road trip, holding off the young, but dangerous Washington Wizards Friday.

Denver also had three different players go for 20 or more points on Friday as well. Harrington was red hot and scored his season high 29 points – hitting 5 of 8 from behind the arc. Ty Lawson once again returned to his All-Star form, scoring 21 points and leading the Nuggets in rebounds (9) and assists (6). Danilo Gallinari returned to form and scored 21 points as well, including scoring 11 points in the first half.

Ironically, the two top players from Wednesday’s win in Philadelphia had zero points. Andre Miller missed all four of his shots and had zero points, while Nene sat out the game as a precaution with his injured heel.

  • Harrington had ice in his veins all game long, draining two deep 3-pointers and continued his impressive shooting. He improved his shooting to .554 from the field and .394 from behind the arc. And lets not forget that he is going back to New York to face his former team. He averaged 20.5 points against the Knicks last season and will definitely try to build on Friday night’s performance.
  • Lawson had been a minor slump going into Friday’s game, but his energy and aggressiveness returned Friday. Which is ironic, because his last good game was last Friday. Defenses are making it a point to keep Lawson out of the paint and up until Friday he had been reluctant to shoot the ball.
  • Kosta Koufos stepped in and started in place of Nene, but really struggled. He missed 4 out of 5 shots, but did grab six rebounds and had a nice block. There is a chance that he’ll get the start against the Knicks as well and if so the Nuggets need more out of the young big man.
  • Chris Andersen has been bashed by this blog on numerous occasions this season, but Friday night he was arguably the Nuggets best big man. His athleticism isn’t what it was, with a blown dunk and missed alley-oop, but he did a solid job on Friday. He was active around the basket, grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and going to the free throw line (even though he missed 4 from the charity stripe). All-in-all a solid game from the Birdman. With his deteriorating athleticism he may have to adjust his game and if he does he could be valuable to the Nuggets.
  • Arron Afflalo is still struggling, but quietly he has been a consistent player for the Nuggets. He has scored 10 or more points in nine of the past 10 games. He still tends to force the ball, but he has proven to be much better off the ball and hopefully in time the Nuggets will work that into their offense. He made five baskets on Friday, two came from working off the ball, two more on the fast break and another on a set 3-pointer.
Up next is the much awaited matchup against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. It will also be homecoming of sorts for Harrington (who had one of his better games at Madison Square Garden last season), Mozgov and Gallinari.

Tags: Al Harrington Andre Miller Arron Afflalo Birdman Carmelo Anthony Chris Andersen Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets George Karl Kosta Koufos Nene New York Knicks Timofey Mozgov Ty Lawson

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