DENVER- Eighty-one games down, one more to go in the Denver Nuggets 2016-2017 season and even after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Nuggets still haven’t backed down.
Tonight (and tomorrow night as well) will be nights for the rookies, particularly Malik Beasley, as they wrap up their first season in the NBA.
The Nuggets were missing four players tonight but that didn’t stop them from getting a road win. Both Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton sat out for rest, Kenneth Faried was out with low back pain, and Jameer Nelson is out with a right calf strain. In their absences, Mason Plumlee and Jamal Murray got their chance to once again rejoin the starting five with Nikola Jokic, Wilson Chandler, and Gary Harris.
Harris led the Nuggets to their victory with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and finished with a +20. Malik Beasley exploded off of the bench with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in his 32 minutes–the most he’s played and a career high with the Nuggets. Plumlee also finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Murray got his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.
The Nuggets were very hot handed tonight and shot 48.8% from the field, 42.9% from beyond the arc, and 64.3% from the free throw line. Denver had 53 rebounds, 31 assists, 7 steals, and 1 block.
The Mavericks were led by none other than Tony Romo…just kidding. Dirk Nowitzki led his team and all players with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and a single assist in his 27 minutes. J.J. Barea had 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists.
The Mavericks were not nearly as impressive as the Nuggets, as they only shot 39.8% from the field, 30% from beyond the arc, 81.8% from the charity stripe. Dallas had 42 rebounds, 24 assists, 8 steals, and 4 blocks.
48.8% Field Goal % 39.8%
42.9% 3 Point % 30%
64.3% Free Throw % 81.8%
Denver will face OKC tomorrow night for the final game of the 2016-2017 season. Be sure to tune in at 6:00 pm MST.