Paul Millsap’s three late free throws prevail the Nuggets to a 95-94 victory against the Miami Heat Friday night at Pepsi Center.
Tonight the Denver Nuggets were matched up against the Miami Heat in a very close game. Neither team trailed by more than nine points and the Nuggets never led till halfway through the third quarter. One could say the game was close due to tough defense, but it was also because the number of turnovers committed by both teams. Miami turned the ball over 23 times, while Denver committed 17 to bring the grand total for the game to a whopping 40. The Nuggets play with a pass first mentality, but in order to execute those passing packed plays, ball security still needs to remain a priority moving forward.
Denver’s defense had a slow start allowing the Heat to score 37 first quarter points, and allowing them shoot over 70 percent from behind the three-point line in the opening frame. As the game progressed, the Nuggets began to play defense more smoothly and only allowed the Heat to score 13 third quarter points. The Nuggets’ offense was efficient as usual, but the team did struggle at the free-throw stripe only going 14 of 25 from the line. With that being said, veteran Paul Millsap made three-free throws when it mattered and was the difference in the Nuggets one point victory.
Millsap and Nikola Jokić led the offensive production by scoring almost half the team’s points with a combined total of 46. Jokić also racked up 14 rebounds along with his 19 points to give him another double-double, while Millsap was one rebound shy to go along with his 27 points. One player who stood out tonight was Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay has stood out so far this season and has given the Nuggets some great bench production that may be indicative of his game finally taking a turn in the right direction. Mudiay racked up 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, and even had one block. The statline may look generic, but the eye test never fails.
With tonight’s game ending with a close final score of 95-94, the Nuggets ascend to a 5-4 record. Below are some of tonight’s final team stats.
41 Rebounds 41
17 Assists 23
17 Turnovers 23
45% Field Goal % 46%
39% 3 Point % 39%
56% Freethrow % 63%
The Nuggets are back in action Saturday night at Pepsi Center to take on the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Denver will look to keep the momentum rolling and to win a third game in a row.