DENVER- After being on the road for ten straight days, the Nuggets returned home and faced the Pelicans, giving them a taste of their own medicine after their last meeting in the Pepsi Center.
Jamal Murray was firing on all cylinders all night long and led Denver with a career high 30 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. Behind Murray was Nikola Jokic with a double-double, adding 23 points, 12 boards, and 5 assists. Gary Harris also there in 20 points, 6 boards, and 9 assists. The only starter for Denver that did not end in double digits was Kenneth Faried who finished with 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Denver shot 55.1% from the field on 43/78 shots, 40.6% from three, and 71.9% from the free throw line. The Nuggets had 50 rebounds, 31 assists, 9 steals, 4 blocks, and 21 turnovers.
The Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis with 25 points on 11/27 shooting and 6 rebounds. Jordan Crawford came off of the bench for 20 points, 1 rebound, and 3 assists.
New Orleans finished the game shooting 47.5% from the field, just 13% from beyond the arc on 3/23 shooting, and 69.2% from the free throw line. The Pelicans were able to grab just 33 boards, 19 assists, 11 steals, 3 blocks, and 11 turnovers.
After a close first half, the Nuggets went into the locker room up by just 1 point. Coming into the third, the Nuggets were explosive and gave themselves a big lead to get the 122-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
With tonight’s win, Denver goes back to just one game within the eighth seed. Portland will face the Utah Jazz tomorrow night and pending a Blazers loss, Denver could go back up to being within one half game of the eighth seed in the West.
55.1% Field Goal % 47.5%
40.6% 3 Point % 13%
71.9% Free Throw % 69.2%
Denver will face OKC on Sunday for the last home game of the season. With three games left in the regular season for the Denver Nuggets, anything could happen!