Takeaways from Nuggets’ win over OKC

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 9: Emmanuel Mudiay
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 9: Emmanuel Mudiay /

The Denver Nuggets found their rhythm from their second unit as they defeated the OK3.

The Denver Nuggets have been defending their home court well on this latest home court stand. They showed just how much they have grown with a resounding win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Emmanuel Mudiay was the hero as he led the way from the bench with a commanding 21 point performance to go along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. However, the win was not exactly stellar. Denver committed way too many turnovers which is something Coach Malone wanted to avoid since he knew this OKC unit coming into the game was one of the best defensive teams in the league.

The first half saw the Nuggets down by two points, but the Nuggets were able to redeem themselves as their defense was really improved down the stretch. It is always an impressive feat when one can hold this Thunder team to under 100 points with Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. Denver did just that as they held them to 94 points. Paul Millsap was able to make his presence known on the defensive end of the court as he secured many opportunities for the young Denver squad.

The transition defense was something that is still lacking as the Thunder burned the Nuggets on too many fast break opportunities. Denver saw six different players get into double figures and the second unit out played the Thunder bench by a large margin. Mudiay was the star of the night, but other players such as Mason Plumlee and Will Barton stepped up and provided a spark off the bench as well.

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Denver showed just how much potential they have as a team as they were able to have a very solid fourth quarter. Denver will look to continue this momentum as they battle the Orlando Magic next.