The Denver Nuggets not only went into Power Balance Pavilion and won with two starters and a top reserve sitting out – they beat the Sacramento Kings by 29 points with their star point guard missing the entire second half.
The Nuggets finished their five-game road trip undefeated – first time ever in franchise history and they did it with seven players scoring in double figures and all 11 players that played scored. Could another team win with four rotation players missing time? Even more important could another team win that big or go perfect on a five-game road trip?
Danilo Gallinari blitzed the Kings with 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting and hit all six of his free throws. Ironically, Gallinari came to Denver known as a chucker, but he has shot just as many 3-pointers as Carmelo Anthony (76) – hitting 24 compared to Melo’s 23. Gallinari has also hit 97 of 108 from the charity stripe, which is comparable to Anthony – who has hit 110 of 137 from the free throw line. The only difference between the two on offense is Anthony has shot nearly 130 more shots.
Kosta Koufos fresh off of his new contract started in place of Timofey Mozgov, who missed Wednesday’s game due to his wife having their baby. Koufos was nothing more than solid, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds.
- Nene was aggressive around the basket and showed some very nice, strong and quick moves around the paint.
- Andre Miller was his normal boring self, scoring 14 points, handing out 10 assists and making 7 of 9 shots. Yawn…
- Chris Andersen was perfect from the field, making all four of shots and hitting his lone free throw.
- The Nuggets also were dealt a blow in the runaway victory, Ty Lawson was in the middle of his best game in weeks before he rolled his ankle and missed the rest of the game. Lawson will more than likely miss Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers and could miss more time.
- Corey Brewer shot the ball 19 times on Wednesday, including missing a wide open dunk and all four of his 3-pointers.
- There was a Kenneth Faried, Jordan Hamilton and Julyan Stone sighting. Faried grabbed six rebounds in the few minutes he was in the game – half of which were offensive. Hamilton was rusty, which was expected. He scored his first basket of his career on a drive to the basket and Stone is in line to see more minutes if Lawson misses some time. He still seems a bit timid and a little reckless (four turnovers), but his confidence is growing with each game.
Tags: Andre Miller Carmelo Anthony Chauncey Billups Chris Andersen Corey Brewer Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets George Karl Jordan Hamilton Julyan Stone Kenneth Faried Kosta Koufos Los Angeles Clippers Nene Sacramento Kings Timofey Mozgov Ty Lawson