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Faried records double-double as Nuggets hold off Mavericks

By Aaron J. Lopez, Nuggets.com

Posted Nov. 24, 2013 00:23

Brian Shaw broke into a smile of relief and instinctively rubbed the top of his head.

“I’m glad I don’t have any hair,” he said.

The Denver Nuggets certainly didn’t make things easy on their coach or themselves Saturday night.

Denver built an early 17-point lead but fell into a second-half funk before holding on for a 102-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Pepsi Center.

Randy Foye made five 3-pointers, including the go-ahead shot with 1:11 remaining, and the Nuggets made four defensive stops in the final 54 seconds to win their fifth straight home game.

Denver survived despite committing 18 turnovers and scoring just 37 points after halftime.

“I think we just were taking (bad) shots because we were up 16 or 17 points,” point guard Ty Lawson said. “We were taking shots that were out of character. We did that in the second quarter and in the third. We have to have a killer mentality when we are up that much to just go up 25 and end the game right there.”

Lawson scored 20 points and added nine assists despite playing much of the second half with an injured right pinkie. Kenneth Faried finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season; five have come in the past seven games.

Faried also made all seven of his field-goal attempts and became just the seventh player since 1985-86 to record at least 18 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks while shooting perfect from the field.

“We’re getting (the wins), right? That’s all that matters,” Faried said. “As long as we’re getting the wins, I’m excited, the team’s excited, coach is excited.”

Shaw was thrilled to see the Nuggets jump out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter. They controlled the boards, limited their turnovers and knocked down 7-of-8 free throws while threatening to deliver an early knockout blow.

The lead grew to 17 in the second quarter, but the Mavs used an 11-2 run to regain some confidence. The rally came shortly after Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was called for two technical fouls and received an automatic ejection.

Carlisle took exception to a hard foul by Foye against Mavericks guard Monta Ellis.

“I thought the foul was excessive,” Carlisle said. “I’m going to stand up for my players.”

The Mavericks, playing the second of back-to-back games, flustered Denver with their zone defense and gradually chipped away in the the second half. They took their first lead since the opening minutes midway through though the fourth quarter.

Neither team led by more than four points in the final 4:11, and Foye’s 3 from the right wing proved to be the last of six fourth-quarter lead changes.

Foye’s big shot put Denver ahead 101-100, and Faried split a pair of free throws to make it a two-point game with 14.7 seconds remaining.

Faried got a hand on Ellis’ driving layup on Dallas’ next possession, but the rebound went out of bounds, giving the Mavericks one final shot. Dirk Nowitzki misfired on a long jumper at the buzzer as Denver escaped with a win.

The two teams play again in Dallas on Monday.

“It makes it harder because we were trying to send a message,” Faried said. “We were trying to have them flustered and wondering how to slow us down, but they figured it out with that zone (defense). I think we’re going to take better shots next game and do the little things and keep rebounding.”

All things that their coach would certainly appreciate.

STAR OF THE GAME

Kenneth Faried

Points 18 7-7 FG, 0-0 3FG, 4-6 FT
Rebounds 14, 5 OFF 9 DEF
Assists 1
Steals 1
Blocks 2
GAME LEADERS
Points Dirk Nowitzki 27
Rebounds Kenneth Faried 14
Assists Ty Lawson 9
Steals 3 with 2
Blocks Kenneth Faried 2
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson on Denver's offense struggling in the second half

"We all got lazy. We weren’t cutting, we weren’t trying to find each other. We were all just more about shooting 3s, casting away. We just have to correct it and have that killer mentality."

KEY MOMENT

Nuggets make two defensive stops in final 7.1 seconds

After Kenneth Faried split two free throws to give Denver a two-point lead, the Nuggets forced Monta Ellis to alter his shot on a drive to the basket. Dallas got one more chance when the ball went out of bounds, but Dirk Nowitzki couldn't connect on a 22-footer at the buzzer.

VIDEO RECAP

Postgame Quotes

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw

On Tonight’s performance:
“I’m happy that we won the game but I told our guys that it came down to a close game because of what we did during the stretch of the second quarter. We had them down 56-40 with three minutes remaining but we got crazy [shooting 3s]. Guys started pointing fingers at each other when they were not getting the ball. It started to change at that point when we could have had them down in the first half but we allowed them to stay around and have hope. Same thing in the fourth quarter, my guys just stood. We took 32 threes tonight, which we can get those same threes at the end of the shot clock. We could have had anything we wanted because [Mavericks] started playing zone against us from the first play of the game because I think they fear our attack, our offense. They just lobed us to sleep, it was like we were hypnotized. You could see it happening, everything starts to go against you. Free throws don’t go in, lose balls don’t bounce your way, [Mavericks] starting hitting shots. All and all we won the game. [Mavericks] only shot 44 percent from the field even though it didn’t seem like that for a while once they got hot and got going but we will take the win that got us back to 500.

On Kenneth Faried’s performance:
“He was going after every single rebound which is what we need him to do. Darrell Arthur came in off the bench and gave us a nice punch, he hit some shots. JJ [Hickson] and Timofey [Mosgov] never really got into the game, but I think a big part of that was our perimeter guys were just three happy, just throwing up threes. Having been in LA for years and played against Rick Carlisle Dallas teams, we worked on the zone the last couple of days in practice. We play again in two days, so hopefully we learn from tonight.”

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried

On what the Nuggets were trying to do defensively:
“We were just trying to stay positive and basically make [the Mavericks] miss over the top of a contested hand. It was a great job we did as a team, and we made sure [the Mavericks] didn’t get that second shot to tip in or make it go into overtime.”

On if he thought he was going to get the ball back on the potential flagrant foul:
“I was hoping so. I felt violated so it should have been a flagrant.”

On if going back to Dallas makes it harder or easier to play:
“It makes it harder because we’re trying to send a message tonight, especially with us going down to Dallas. We were trying to have [the Mavericks] clustered and wondering how to slow us down but they figured it out with that zone, but I think we’re going to take better shots next game and do the little things and keep rebounding.”

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson

On if he thought the team was splintering in the second half:
“I think we just were taking shots because we were up 16 or 17 points. We thought we were going to just go ahead and win the game. We were taking shots that were out of character. We did that in the second quarter and in the third. We have to have a killer mentality when we are up that much to just go up 25 and end the game right there.”

On what he thinks they will see from Dallas in their rematch on Monday:
“More zone (defense), for sure. Their zone was effective slowing us down when we were in the half-court set, so we’ll see a lot more of that. We just need to execute better.”

On why he thinks the team gave up a big lead in the second half:
“No idea. Probably because we went up 16. We all got lazy. We weren’t cutting, we weren’t trying to find each other. We were all just more about shooting 3s, casting away. Against Chicago, we did the same thing. We just have to correct it and have that killer mentality. I’m not too worried, it will come. I’m just happy it’s happening early instead of late (in the season).”

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

On what happened early to get the Mavericks out of their game:
“We got a slow start and we weren’t rebounding. We were doing some other things well but we couldn’t finish off possessions, and it got us off to a bad start.”

On the explanation two technicals:
“I didn’t ask for an explanation. I thought the foul was excessive. I thought [Randy Foye] fouled [Monta Ellis] and [Foye] came down on [Ellis] extra hard. I’m going to stand up for my players.”

On the Mavericks response in the second half:
“I thought in the second half we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance. I was proud of them.”

On Samuel Dalembert’s rib issues:
“His ribs are banged up; they’ve been banged up since either Monday or Wednesday, I don’t remember which game. He’s playing hurt. A lot of guys wouldn’t be out there right now, so the fact that he’s out there means a lot.”

Mavericks guard Monta Ellis

On tonight’s game:
“It was a tough game. We did everything we could to get back in the game. They went down and made free-throws and we didn’t make shots on our end. There is nothing we can do. We can’t hold our heads. We just need to wait for Monday.” On foul that led to Rick Carlisle being ejected:
“I have to look at it. I really haven’t looked at it. I know coach was very mad about that. That’s why we fought so hard to get back in the game … When he did that I think we got a spark and we started chipping away.”

On final possession:
“We did everything that we were supposed to do we just didn’t make the shot.”

Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon

On first half performance:
“They were just stepping up to the three-point line and hitting threes. We knew we were going to have our chance to get back in the game. We couldn’t just let them keep scoring that way. It wasn’t like they were open. I think we were stopping their transition for a little while. Offensive rebounds were a problem at the beginning too. They were missing and we couldn’t get the offensive rebounds in the first quarter. We fought and we had a chance to win the game.”

On what went wrong in final minutes of the fourth quarter:
“We could’ve had some cleaner looks. I think Vince (Carter) was open but he thought he wasn’t open so he gave the ball to Dirk (Nowitzki) and he missed. What are we going to do? He’s our guy. Maybe we could’ve had some better screens or something. We’ll take a look at it and see what happened. I think we shouldn’t put ourselves in a situation where we have to come back on the road in a back-to-back in Denver.”

On team fighting back in second half:
“Like I’ve been saying I think we going to compete against everybody. It doesn’t matter where you play. I think we have a great team. We showed our character.”

POSTGAME NOTES

INDIVIDUAL

• Jordan Hamilton came off the bench to lead Denver in scoring with 17 points (3-6 3FG) to go with six rebounds in 22 minutes. Hamilton has played 20-or-more minutes 10 times in his career, averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting .479 (23-48 3FG) from long range in those games.

• Kenneth Faried registered his fifth double-double of the year with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes. It was the 48th double-double of his career (39-9 in those games) and 31st at Pepsi Center (29-2 in those games).

• J.J. Hickson posted 14 points and nine rebounds, his third game of the season he has reached those numbers. It was the 78th time in his career he has had 14+ points and 9+ rebounds in the same game.

• Nate Robinson had 11 points, two rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench. It was his fourth game of the year with 10+ points.

• Joakim Noah recorded 11 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for Chicago tonight. It was just the fourth time in his career he has reached those numbers in the same game. Additionally, it was his first double-double of the season.

• Carlos Boozer registered his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes.

TEAM

• The Nuggets have now won four straight home games and move to 5-6 on the year. Denver has now won seven straight and 13 of their last 14 home games over Chicago.

• Denver went into the halftime break with a two-point lead, but held Chicago to just 14 points in the third and opened the fourth with a 13-0 run to push the lead to a game-high 21 points.

• Tonight was the second time this season Denver has held their opponent to under 90 points (2-0 in those games).

• The Nuggets shot well from long range, going 9-of-21 (.429). The Nuggets are 2-1 on the year when connecting on nine-or-more threes and went 13-2 last season when accomplishing this.

• Denver held the Bulls to .392 (38-97 FG) shooting tonight, moving to 2-0 on the year when keeping opponents under .400.

• The Bulls grabbed 58 rebounds tonight, a new opponent season-high (was 55 by POR on 11/1) and the most rebounds by a Nuggets’ opponent since 3/26/10 at TOR.

• Denver recorded 10 block shots tonight, their second game this season with 10-or-more. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Denver is 50-6 when blocking 10+ shots.

• Tonight was the fourth time this season that Denver’s leading scorer has come off the bench (Jordan Hamilton with 17 tonight, Wilson Chandler with 18 vs. MIN on 11/15, Timofeyl Mozgov with 23 vs. LAL on 11/13 and Nate Robinson vs. POR on 11/1).