There was a lot of energy tonight at the Pepsi Center for multiple reasons. Not only were the fans cheering for the Denver Nuggets and their playoff dreams, but also Russell Westbrook in hopes of picking up a historic 42nd triple double. Little did the fans know, this is the NBA we’re talking about, you don’t get the best of both worlds. Westbrook’s 42nd triple double led the Nuggets to a playoff dream demise.
Throughout the first half both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets traded buckets back and forth, allowing no one to jump ahead. It wasn’t until the third quarter that Nuggets started to pull away creating a lead up to 13. Fast forward halfway through the fourth quarter and Denver is still up, this time by 14. That lead eventually withered away as OKC outscored Denver 25-14 in the fourth and won with a Westbrook 3 at the buzzer making the final score 106-105.
It’s a bitter-sweet way to the end the season I guess. Another year the Nuggets miss the playoffs, but at least we witnessed history right? I mean that’s what the fans at the Pepsi Center made it feel like. Even though making the playoffs would have been awesome, I still don’t think it is necessary. The Denver Nuggets are still a very young and talented team that deserve a higher seed next year rather than the 8th seed this, given they probably would have been blown out by the Golden State power-houses. Though the Nuggets couldn’t get the much needed win tonight, here are their stats below.
47.6% Field Goal % 41.7%
32.4% 3 Point % 24%
93.3% Free Throw % 90.9%
Now is the time to play the young guys before the long offseason. Malik Beasely is here for the remainder of the season and I personally would like to see him play some real minutes. The Denver Nuggets head to Dallas next to play the Mavericks on Tuesday, April 11th.