The Denver Nuggets returned to the court last night to face the Chicago Bulls, hot off a win over the Toronto Raptors that saw rookie Gary Harris go for 33 points in his Summer League debut. The Nuggets got off to a quick 9-0 start, but the wheels pretty much fell off after that. The game was a complete blowout, with Chicago winning 103-76 led by 31 points from Doug McDermott and 23 points from Tony Snell.
Proving why it’s dangerous to fall in love with a rookie’s game, Harris was basically invisible, finishing with 9 points (7 of them came at the free throw line) on a 1-12 shooting performance from the floor. It may have been fatigue from playing back-to-back games or just a bit of a letdown after playing so out of his mind the night before. Whatever it was, let’s hope Harris sorts it out and gets back to form in time for the Nuggets’ next game.
Quincy Miller and Erick Green were the lone bright spots for the Nuggs. Miller posted his second straight solid game, leading the team with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Miller continues to make open looks and finds ways to create shots for himself, while hustling on both ends of the court. Erick Green contributed 16 points and looked great running the offense, although he only finished with a lone assist.
All in all, it was a pretty rough game to watch if you’re a Nuggets fan. One of those loses you just have to erase from your memory and move on.
The Nuggets return to the court on Tuesday when they face the Utah Jazz at 8:30 p.m. ET at the Thomas and Mack Center in Vegas.