DEN 127, NYK 114: Knicks Suffer Setback in Denver
How It Happened:
The high-octane offense the Nuggets envisioned prior to the season is starting to come to fruition. Denver head coach Mike Malone adjusted his starting lineup last Thursday night and his squad posted 132 points. On Saturday in the Mile High City, the Nuggets continued to ride the momentum by scoring 62 in the first half while building a double-digit lead over the Knicks. Early in the third period, New York mounted a comeback and a Brandon Jennings 3-pointer trimmed Denver’s advantage to just four points with 7:25 remaining in the quarter. However, the Nuggets quickly answered with a 21-7 run to create the necessary breathing room. Denver never looked back en route to a 127-114 home victory. Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursday’s game against the Warriors due to a sore shoulder. The former Nugget showed no ill effects of the shoulder setback as he dropped a team-high 29 points. On the other side, Denver featured seven players in double figures, led by Kenneth Faried’s 25 points. The Knicks fell to 14-13 while the Nuggets improved to 11-16 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony was extremely efficient, connecting on 10-of-14 shots from the floor, 2-of-2 behind the arc, and 7-of-8 at the stripe in the 29-point night.
Kristaps Porzingis registered 22 points, Jennings scored 14, and Willy Hernangomez posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards in 28 minutes of action.
News and Notes:
Derrick Rose continues to deal with a sore lower back stemming from back spasms suffered in Phoenix.
The story of the game was the Nuggets activity in the box. Denver recorded 68 points in the paint and outscored New York 25-11 in second chance points.
After 10 days on the road, the Knicks will make their long awaited return to New York on Sunday. The next contest for the orange and blue is the first matchup of the season against the Pacers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.