Hornets.com postgame: Nuggets 113, Hornets 98
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Nuggets (30-18), Hornets (15-32)
It was over when… Denver’s Kenneth Faried powered up for a layup with 1:38 remaining, giving the hosts a double-digit lead at 106-95. The Nuggets dominated fast-break points and baskets around the rim en route to registering their sixth straight victory. For the third straight game, the Hornets were competitive deep in the second half, but couldn’t cap off a late comeback attempt. Turnovers proved extremely costly for New Orleans, which committed 22 miscues, repeatedly fueling Denver’s transition attack.
Hornets MVP: Ryan Anderson tried his best to keep the Hornets in the hunt against a high-powered Denver squad, scoring a team-best nine points in the first half, then accounting for 10 of the club’s 20 fourth-quarter points. Overall, Anderson netted 21 points 7-for-15 shooting (3-for-7 on treys).
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Austin Rivers was the loneNew Orleans reserve in the positives in plus-minus, albeit just at 2 over break-even. The Duke University product had one of his better recent games, going 4-for-6 from the field among eight points in just 18 minutes. He also had three rebounds and two assists, but with four turnovers.
The buzz on… a mistake-filled game when the Hornets needed to be mistake-free. Winning in Denver is difficult enough, but New Orleans made it virtually impossible by playing carelessly with the ball Friday. “That’s a glaring (statistic),” Hornets head coach Monty Williams said of the 22 turnovers. “Our halfcourt defense was decent tonight. It’s demoralizing when you give up that many possessions (due to turnovers). Our young guys, Darius (Miller) and (Xavier Henry) stepped up and gave us good minutes, but I thought we made a lot of emotional passes, because the game was fast for our young guys. Our guards had 12 turnovers. That’s hard to come back from. … We have to understand that you can’t turn the ball over that many times against any team in the league.”