The Nuggets went to Houston to try and get revenge after Saturday night’s loss. Instead, they found a heartbreaker in Houston, Texas in the second game of a home-and-home.
Gary Harris led the Nuggets with a new career high of 28 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists. The second leading scorer for Denver was Will Barton with 24 points, 7 boards, and 8 dimes. Nikola Jokic had his 31st double-double of the season with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists.
James Harden, to no surprise, led Houston with 39 points, 7 rebounds, and 11 assists. The second leading scorer for the Rockets was Eric Gordon off of the bench with 18 points, 1 board, and 3 assists.
The Nuggets had control going into the fourth but the Rockets went on a solid run, overtaking the Nuggets. There was a lot of back in fourth in the fourth and, within the last few seconds of the game, it looked like Denver was going to bring the win back to the Mile High City with them–Harden made sure that wouldn’t happen.
Following a coast to coast drive by Harden, the Nuggets found themselves down by just one point. With 2.4 seconds left on the clock, Jokic took the ball out of bounds and attempted to throw the lob to Mason Plumlee but it fell short. Harden was on Plumlee and kept him from finishing the play. The Nuggets fell to the Houston Rockets, 125-124.
The Nuggets had 21 turnovers and that was a big contributor towards tonights disappointing loss. Another thing that could have won this one for the good guys would have been defense– it was just not there tonight.
“The turnovers were very crucial in a game like tonight.” -Coach Malone
With tonights loss, the Nuggets (33-37) are just half of a game ahead of the ninth place Portland Trail Blazers (32-37).
FG%: 51.2% 50.6%
3PT%: 41.4% 44.7%
FT: 92.3% 78.3%
Rebounds: 35 48
Assists: 26 27
Steals: 7 12
Blocks: 3 2
Turnovers: 21 12
Points in Paint: 52 48
Fast Break Points: 18 11
The Nuggets will host King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night with tipoff at 7 pm.