Well…in the first of a three game road trip, the Nuggets were handed a loss by the Atlanta Hawks 117-106.
The Nuggets should’ve hit the court running, but instead, they had a slow start. We trailed the Hawks through the entirety of the game and didn’t even put our first points on the board until the Hawks were up by 6. Atlanta even scored a season high 72 points in the first half alone; this comes after the Nuggets held the Mavs to just 87 points on Monday night in the Mile High City.
At the end of the first, the Nuggets found themselves down by 9 as Atlanta outscored them 39-30. This continued into the second, where the Nuggets found themselves outscored 33-25. At the half, the Nuggets were down 72-55 and the only way to redeem themselves would be to hit the ground running in the third. We were finally able to hold the Hawks to just 26 points as we outscored them 32-26 in the third. Our defense came in strong in the fourth when we held the Hawks to just 19 points, breaking even with them at 19-19.
The Nuggets were led by Wilson Chandler, who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists in his 36 minutes. Nikola Jokic followed Ill Will’s lead with 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 assists and Will Barton with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Nuggets attempted a season high 44 3-pointers, only hitting 13 of them.
We lost Kenneth Faried early in the second quarter with a right ankle sprain. His x-rays returned negative.
The Nuggets were able to cut the Hawks lead to just 4 after Gary Harris knocked in a basket. After an Atlanta turnover, we were unable to score on our possession. Millsap’s three-point play put the Hawks up by 7 with 1:47 remaining in the game. Plenty of time to come back, yeah? Unfortunately not this time.
Ultimately, the Nuggets just couldn’t pull through for the win and fell to Atlanta by 11, 117-106 on the road.
Not that it needs to be said, but if the Nuggets could play solid defense for 48 minutes every single game, then they’d be golden through the remainder of the second half of this season.
Following tonights loss, the Nuggets have dropped to 23-29 on the season, just half a game ahead of Portland.
FG%: 40% 50.5%
3PT%: 29.5% 29.6%
FT: 61.9% 83.3%
Rebounds: 49 48
Steals: 8 6
Blocks: 4 4
Turnovers: 10 11
Fast Break Points: 12 23