MIAMI- Tonight, the Nuggets went to Miami to face the Heat and they came out of South Beach snapping their three game losing streak with a huge win.
Denver was led by none other than Danilo Gallinari, who led the Nuggets and all scorers with 29 points on 11/19, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic had 19 points a piece. Jokic threw in 10 boards and 7 assists and Chandler had 9 boards and 2 dimes to add. Emmanuel Mudiay came off of the bench and received some of the most meaningful minutes that he’s had in quite some time, adding 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists in his 32 minutes.
“I had no doubts that he was going to play well tonight.” -Coach Malone on Emmanuel Mudiay
The Nuggets shot 50.6% from the field, 25% from beyond the arc, and 85.2% from the free throw line. The Nuggets were beyond cold from downtown and were 5/20 shooting. Denver found their win with their 44/87 from the field. While we were out rebounded by Miami, we still had 39 boards, 33 of those being defensive. The Nuggets had 25 assists, 10 steals, 6 blocks, and 54 points in the paint. Denver also had a low 8 turnovers.
Miami was led by Goran Dragic with 22 points, 1 board, and 6 assists. Josh Richardson had 17 points, 3 boards, and 1 dime. The Nuggets limited Hassan Whiteside to just 16 points, 12 boards, and 2 assists in his 33 minutes.
The Heat shot 42/86 from the field for 48.8%, 50% from beyond the arc, and 76.2% from the free throw line. The Heat’s shooting from beyond the arc is the reason that they were able stay in the game as they made 13/26 shooting. The heat were able to grab 41 rebounds, dish off 26 assists, and have 3 steals and 9 blocks. The Heat had 12 turnovers.
Denver led Miami through the first half, outscoring the Heat 37-30 in the first and then 31-28 in the second. At the end of the first, Nikola Jokic was leading the Nuggets with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. At the half, the Joker was on a triple-double watch as he continued to lead Denver with 13 points, 8 boards, and 5 assists. Prior to the third quarter starting, the Nuggets were leading the Heat by 10, 68-58.
Denver started both the third and fourth quarters with turnovers and missed shots, giving Miami the opportunity to get back into the game. At the end of three, Miami outscored Denver 29-25 and the score at that point was 93-87. In the fourth, Coach Malone made the decision to close with Emmanuel Mudiay and in the final seconds of the stretch. With 17.4 seconds remaining on the clock, the Nuggets and a 114-110 win and Malone threw Mason Plumlee into the lineup for his defense. The Heat threw up a 3 and came within 1, 114-113.
With a foul, the Nuggets were unable to inbound the ball with 10.2 seconds remaining on the clock and Jokic called a timeout. After being unable to inbound a second time, Jokic called another timeout and then on the third inbound, Jokic got the ball to Jamal Murray, who was fouled and sent to the line to make both shots and a cushioned lead. With 9.2 seconds remaining on the clock, the Heat were unable to complete a shot from beyond the arc and the Nuggets were able to leave Miami with a 116-113 win.
With tonights win, the Nuggets are just two games back of the eighth seed Trail Blazers. The Nuggets improve their record to 36-40 and will travel to New Orleans
“We needed this. We’re still alive.” -Malone
50.6% Field Goal % 48.8%
25% 3 Point % 50%
85.2% Free Throw % 76.2%