Leading into the All-Star Break, the Denver Nuggets left it all on the floor as they defeated the league leaders in a BIG 132-110 win in the Pepsi Center.
It was an absolutely monumental night for the Denver Nuggets.
Nine active players. Triple-Double. Six guys with 2 or more triples. Tied a franchise and NBA record.
What. Just. Happened.
Well, to start, we were missing Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Denver’s newest addition Mason Plumlee. Imagine what he was thinking watching us play this game tonight.
This was a very fun game to watch and I can only imagine how excited Plumlee was to see the team that he’ll be playing with. I can also imagine that Gallo and Chandler were thinking that they better start playing their A-game every single night after seeing what Juancho Hernangomez is capable of.
At the end of the first half, we were already on triple-double alert. Nikola Jokic earned his second career triple-double within 11 days of his last. The Joker ended the game with 17 points, 21 boards, and 12 dimes. Nikola’s 21 boards is a new career high for him after he previously had 17 against Portland back in October. Jokic’s 12 assists also earned him a new career high. A fun fact, courtesy of the Nuggets PR team, Jokic is the first NBA player since Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 (who did it on the same day), to post at least 17/21/12.
Will Barton was right behind Jokic with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists–just three assists shy of having a triple-double of his own.
Tonight was a huge night for Juancho, who had his first career double-double and a phenomenal game overall. Hernangomez led the Nuggets with a career high 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists. Hernangomez was 9/17 in FG’s and 6/9 from the newly coined “Juancholand” in his 43 minutes.
There were six…SIX Nuggets players who had 2+ triples and four who had 4+ from downtown with Juancho leading the way. Behind Juancho were Jameer Nelson (5/7), Gary Harris (4/7), Will Barton (4/8), Mike Miller (2/2), Jamal Murray (2/5), and Johnny O’Bryant (1/1). We shot an incredible 60% from downtown, making 24/40.
Oh, don’t forget that the Nuggets hit a franchise record with 24 made 3-pointers and tied with Houston for the most triples made in a single game. Now, that’s what we’re talking about.
The Nuggets started off hot tonight and outscored GSW 42-30 in the first quarter alone. Yeah, you read that right. 42 in the first. They continued to fight in the second and, once again, outscored the Warriors 37-24. At the half, Denver lead Golden State 79-54. Again, you read that correctly. We had a 25 point lead on the best team in the Western Conference. Golden State came back in the third and outscored the Nuggets, 31-28. While the Warriors attempted to battle in the fourth, and even came within 9 points, the were just able to sit even with us at 25-25. The Nuggets starters outscored the Warriors starters 107-68 to get the overall win of 132-110.
“To be a playoff team, we need to come out and protect our home court and we need our fans to come out and support us like they did tonight.” -Jameer Nelson
This was the biggest Denver Nuggets crowd that we’ve had in a while. They were selling standing-room seats only in the Pepsi Center.
FG%: 54.5% 48.9%
3PT%: 60% 25%
FT: 75% 92.3%
Rebounds: 52 27
Steals: 6 12
Turnovers: 22 9
Points in Paint: 38 56
Fast Break Points: 17 17
The final game before the All-Star Break is here in the Mile High City against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Tipoff is at 7:00 pm.