After a big home win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nuggets traveled to Indiana to face Paul George and the Pacers, hoping to sweep the season series.
Back on January 12th, the Nuggets gave the Pacers a beating in the O2 Arena in London, England in front of a sold out crowd. Denver, who was the home team in London, was able to come home with a blowout 140-112 win.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Following right behind The Joker was Wilson Chandler with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. On January 12th, all but one of the Nuggets starters were in double figures as they outscored the Pacers starters 86-45.
The Nuggets shot 57.8% from the field, 46.9% from beyond the arc, 91.3% from the charity stripe, and had 70 points in the paint. Denver had 52 rebounds, 37 assists, 10 steals, and 5 blocks. They also had 16 turnovers.
CJ Miles led the Pacers in London with 20 points, 4 boards, and a dime off of the bench. Also off of the bench, Aaron Brooks had 14 points and 6 assists. Jeff Teague was the leading starter, also with 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 9 assists. The Nuggets held Paul George to just 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Pacers shot 46.8% from the field, 41.4% from downtown, 92.3% from the free throw line, and had just 48 points in the paint. Indiana had 39 rebounds, 26 assists, 9 steals, and 4 blocks. The Pacers also had 16 turnovers.
After a big win over the reigning NBA champions, the Nuggets proved that they are able to beat any team if they truly put their mind to it. As of lately, this team has shown that they are determined to finish the regular season in the eighth seed and continue on to the playoffs.
With a Trail Blazers win last night over the Knicks, the Nuggets have a one game lead in the eighth seed. If they want to keep their firm hold, tonight is a must win game.
Nuggets Stats: Pacers Stats:
PPG: 111.5 PPG: 104.1
FG%: 46.9 FG%: 46.2
RPG: 46.3 RPG: 41.8
APG: 25.2 APG: 22.4
Last 10: 6-4 Last 10: 5-5
Keys to a Nuggets Victory, Courtesy of Sean English:
- Cannot have a let down. After a huge win against the Cavaliers, we’ll see what this team is made of.
- Jamal Murray: Murray went on a three spree on Wednesday to create some separation from the Cavs. His minutes off of the bench are crucial.
- Defense: Although the Nuggets throttled the Pacers in London, they still gave up 112 points.
Danilo Gallinari (knee) Questionable