Jan 25, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots the ball over Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets Whip East Leading Pacers 109-96

The Denver Nuggets found themselves facing a daunting task after 3 losses in a row facing the Eastern Conference leading Indiana Pacers Saturday Night at Pepsi Center.  The Powder Blue Crew was more than up to the task on this night as they swept away the team with the best record in the NBA 109-96 and broke out of their recent funk.  The Nuggets were led by Forward Wilson Chandler who came into the game with the task of garding the Pacers best player, Paul George.  Not only did Chandler hold George 6 points under his 24 point season average on the defensive end, but poured in 25 points and grabbed 6 big rebounds of his own.  Chandler shot 8-15 from the field including 4-8 from behind the 3 point arc and had numerous traditional 3 point play opportunities off of strong drives to the basket.  Ty Lawson chipped in by distributing a team high 10 assists and scored 12 points of his own.  Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson made their precence known inside as well.  Hickson finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds including a monster dunk in the 4th quarter that brought the crowd to its feet and put an exlamation point on one of the Nuggets biggest and most impressive wins of the year.  Faried was “The Manimal” early dropping 6 points and 7 rebounds before the game was 14 minutes old.  He tailed off late but his energy was felt throughout the game.  The game got a little bit chippy in the latter stages as the Pacers racked up 3 technical fouls in the second half including one to Head Coach Frank Vogel and one to Shooting Guard Lance Stephenson.  The Nuggets were able to capitalize on these technicals  adding to their total by knocking down Free Throws when they needed to late in the game.  This was one of the Nuggets most impressive wins of the season and got them back to .500 with a 21-21 record.  The Pacers dropped to 34-9 but still lead the Eastern Conference standings by 3 games over the Miami Heat.  The Nuggets don’t have much time to enjoy this decisive win as they head to the coast to play the Sacramento Kings tomorrow night on the second game of back-to backs.   It’s going to take another great effort offensively and defensively from the Nuggets to establish a 2 game winning streak, but the confidence gained by beating a team the caliber of the Pacers should help propel them to a second straight win.

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