|Danilo Gallinari, SF 30 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +4
Gallo didn’t have a strong shooting night but came through with several big shots when the Nuggets needed them most. It’s crucial that, on nights like this when his shot isn’t falling, Gallo penetrates and gets to the free throw line — which he should be doing anyways.
|Kenneth Faried, SF 23 MIN | 0-1 FG | 3-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +3
After averaging nearly 11 boards through the first months of the season, Faried’s production has slowed down as of late. He’s only had one double-digit rebounding game since Nov. 25 and isn’t the energetic force we’ve come to know. Hopefully this is just a brief trend and not a sign of things to come.
|Kosta Koufos, C 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -10
This was one of Koufos’ best games of the year. He was excellent on defense and had a fantastic third quarter full of energy that helped give the Nuggets a permanent lead.
|Ty Lawson, PG 40 MIN | 9-17 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 26 PTS | +10
I can’t remember Lawson having a more complete game than this one all year. This may very well have been the culmination of his steady improvement throughout the season. Not only was he knocking down shots from everywhere but his vision and ability to make others around him better through crafty assists was clearly on full display — which isn’t something Lawson has had a tremendous amount of success with as a starting point guard. If Lawson continues to play with this type of tenacity the Nuggets should be back above .500 in no time.
|Andre Iguodala, SG 35 MIN | 3-12 FG | 5-7 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +3
This was a cold shooting night for Iguodala. He played impressive defense and did a lot of other things to help his team win, but just couldn’t knock down a shot no matter how open he was.
|Anthony Randolph, PF 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
Randolph only played 10 minutes but they were productive nonetheless. He had two monster blocks, a few nice boards and most importantly, he played intelligent basketball. I would be very interested in seeing what he could do with 20 minutes per game on a consistent basis.
|Corey Brewer, SF 25 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +1
Brewer had a pretty standard night by his terms. It’s pretty amazing how well he continues to play. He’s developed into one of the Nuggets’ most reliable players. He’s truly a model of how to be a team player, especially in regards to moving without the ball and being committed to defense.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 11 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +13
This may have been the most confident I’ve ever seen Mozgov play. He’s still a step slow in terms of keeping up with NBA pace but when he plays with this type of self-assurance he’s a totally different player. Tonight, for really the first time since becoming a member of the Nuggets, I felt Mozgov actually looked deserving of heavy minutes in the NBA.
|JaVale McGee, C 19 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +3
The 12 points were nice and overall McGee played really well, but he needs to bring down more than just one rebound in nearly 20 minutes of action. Too often he tends to float away from the hoop and let smaller players get better position for lose balls. If he can improve his rebounding and overall decisions-making, McGee will have had it made.
|Andre Miller, PG 31 MIN | 4-4 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | +10
Andre Miller is such a mixed bag. In the first half he overdribbled (which has become a reoccurring theme with him) and lost the ball several times, but in the second half he was a totally different player. He had some very smart assists and played solid defense to boot.