Denver Nuggets are Improving

PF Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets are happy to have some quality wins last week. Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch
PF Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets are happy to have some quality wins last week.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

Denver Nuggets Overall Record: 16-25

The Denver Nuggets went 2-1 this week with two surprising victories over Golden State and the Indiana Pacers. Honestly speaking, I was looking at the schedule thinking If Denver could win one game this week it would be against Indiana. Boy was I wrong! They beat the defending champions in convincing fashion. Let’s take a look at the Nuggets games and highlights from last week.

Jan. 13 – Nuggets 112 – Warriors 110 – Win
Let’s face it, anyone who tuned into this game wanted to see the “Splash Brothers” (Curry and Thompson) make some highlight clips against the Nuggets guards. We knew that this would be a very entertaining game. Steph Curry scored 38 points, Klay Thompson scored 17 while Harrison Barnes poured in 18, but it wasn’t enough; for the Nuggets started off on fire from the tip-off. Will Barton played well on both ends of the floor. Danilo Gallinari scored 28 and had five rebounds while playing great defense. This game was the calling card for the league to take notice of the Nuggets resurgence in the Western Conference.

Jan. 15 – Heat 98 – Nuggets 95 – Loss
The Nuggets fell behind in the 3rd quarter by only scoring 16 points in the quarter. Miami’s Chris Bosh got hot behind crisp passes from Dwyane Wade to take the lead. Darrell Arthur’s 18 points and eight rebounds kept Denver close but cold shooting from Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton proved that the Nuggets had no fire power to catch the red hot Heat in the final two quarters of this game.

Jan. 17 – Nuggets 129 – Pacers 126 – Win
From the start of the game it was tight. After the first quarter the score was tied 30 to 30 and at halftime the Pacers had a 12 point lead. Former Maverick Monte Ellis scored 24 points while Paul George added 19 for the Pacers. Kenneth Faried grabbed five crucial rebounds in the fourth quarter to hold off the surging Pacers. Power Forwards Darrell Arthur and Danilo Gallinari combined for 30 points and nine rebounds. This was a quality win for the Nuggets. When this team realizes that playing hard and smart will always equal a win… well the Nuggets are on their way to turning this season around.

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