Key Takeaways as Nuggets’ Defeat the Nets

BROOKLYN, NY - OCTOBER 29: Nikola Jokic
BROOKLYN, NY - OCTOBER 29: Nikola Jokic /

The Denver Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets tonight 112 – 104. The Nuggets appeared in control throughout the duration of the game but still had a few lulls towards the end of the contest. Here are a few takeaways from the Nugget’s defeat of Brooklyn.

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Attack the Paint

The Nuggets’ began the game by clanking numerous jump shots off the rim. Luckily, Brooklyn was unable to capitalize early, and the game just started slowly out of the gate. Finally,  the energy from the defensive end led to points in transition. Thus, the team began attacking the rim, and as the Nets’ defense collapsed inside, the shots outside began to fall.

Feed the Big Men

The Nuggets’ big men had their way with the undersized front line of Brooklyn. From Millsap ‘s smooth drives and pretty finishes to Jokic’s career night in front of the home crowd.  If the Nuggets plan on being successful this year, the road to the playoffs will go through our front line. We know Jokic will not always be looking to drop 30+, but if the opposing defenses honor his scoring ability, the perimeter will continue to open.

Defense Leads to Offense

We all saw the game against the Warriors, and we know that playing that type of defense will not win you games. Tonight, the Nuggets struggled on the offensive end, but their energy and IQ on defense paved the way to the Nets’ defeat. The shots may not be falling each night, but an effort on the defensive end will always be under their own control. To take the next step from being just an exciting team to a good team, will start on the defensive end.

All in all, it was a good victory for the Nuggets following the dismantlement against the Warriors. The key will be to build on this victory, and take these takeaways into Thursday’s game as the Nuggets welcome Russell Westbrook and company to Mile High.