Last night the Denver Nuggets took on the reigning NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors. Last time they played, the Nuggets utilized their defense against a squad without Steph Curry and won 96-81 holding the Warriors to only 11 percent from the three. This go around the Nuggets looked to repeat that defensive effort against a squad that this time had Kevin Durant out. Sadly it wasn’t the case. Denver could keep up offensively but sadly lagged behind because of their defensive effort. Curry scored 32 points while Draymond Green and Klay Thompson combined for a total of 42 points.
The Nuggets offense was led by Nikola Jokić and his triple double. Jokić is starting to look like himself again after having a slow stretch of games lately, but was able to put up 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, and Trey Lyles all scored more than 20 with a combined total of 64 points. Personally I really like the effort from these three, but it needs to be consistent.
FLIGHT TC3 CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 9, 2018
With the low level play Wilson Chandler and Will Barton are playing at, these three along with Jokić need to carry this team into playoff contention. Barton and Chandler combined for a total of ten points going 4/17 from the floor. Chandler at least has valuable wing defense, but the two need to step up and help win more games. Below are team stats from the game.
49% FG% 56%
42% 3P% 43%
30 AST 33
39 REB 43
3 BLK 10
75% FT% 71%