After having two full days of rest, the Nuggets were looking to have a win in Charlotte. Instead, they found a disappointing 8 point loss against the Hornets, losing three in a row.
The Nuggets controlled the game through the first quarter as they outscored the Hornets 32-24 in the first before Charlotte came back and did the same thing to Denver, outscoring them 32-24 in the second. At the half, the Nuggets and Hornets were tied up at 69-69 off of Nikola Jokic’s buzzer beater. The Nuggets came back for a solid third quarter and led Charlotte, outscoring them 38-30. Charlotte went on a huge fourth quarter run, outscoring Denver 36-20 to end with a game that should’ve belonged to Denver with a 122-114 loss.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with his sixth triple-double of the season with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Gary Harris had 20 points, 5 boards, and 3 assists in his 41 minutes. Danilo Gallinari finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Denver shot 50% from the field shooting 45/90, 48.5% from beyond the arc, and 72.7% from the free throw line. Denver picked up 49 rebounds, 32 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block. The Nuggets also had 52 points in the paint and 13 turnovers.
Kemba Walker had 31 points, 3 rebounds, and 8 assists to lead all scorers. Frank Kaminsky came off of the bench for 22 points, 2 rebounds, and a single dime.
Charlotte shot 46.5% from the field, 47.2% from downtown, and 83.3% from the free throw line. The Hornets had 43 boards, 26 dimes, 10 steals, and 11 blocks. Charlotte also had 32 points in the paint and just 7 turnovers.
A difference maker in this game, and a key stat, is that the Nuggets bench was outscored by the Hornets bench 50-19. A game that should have belonged to the Nuggets could have actually been theirs if the Denver bench had been more proactive through the game.
50% Field Goal % 46.5%
48.5% 3 Point % 47.2%
72.7% Free Throw % 83.3%
Denver will travel to Miami to face the Heat on Sunday.