Rapid Reaction: Denver Nuggets 106, Dallas Mavericks 85

Denver Nuggets 106 Final

Recap | Box Score

85 Dallas Mavericks
Danilo Gallinari, SF 34 MIN | 14-23 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 39 PTS | +31

Gallo set a new career high in points and it was no surprise why. His shot from deep was falling all night but he was scoring in a variety of ways and contributing in other areas of the game such as rebounding, passing and most importantly, defense. As we’ve said all year, Gallo is at his best when he plays like the well-rounded, versatile player that he truly is.

Kenneth Faried, SF 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 19 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +20

Faried fell one rebound shy of tying his career high. His energy all night was insane. He seems to be coming out of a miniature slump and it’s all started with a renewed sense of enthusiasm on the glass.

Kosta Koufos, C 25 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Koufos had a pretty mediocre night in terms of his overall presence but continued his streak of rebounding the ball well.

Ty Lawson, PG 37 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +15

Lawson didn’t shoot particularly well but he was aggressive for most of the night. His shot just wasn’t falling but it’s not like he wasn’t trying to make things happen.

Andre Iguodala, SG 34 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | +31

This was incredibly refreshing. Iguodala (and his entire team) needs performances like these. It just baffles me how he can’t be this assertive every game. He’s by far one of the most talented players on the roster, yet he’s been playing with the type of passive mindset that a below-average bench player might possess. Karl must demand more performances like this.

Anthony Randolph, PF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1


Jordan Hamilton, SF 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5

Pretty standard night for J-Ham: low minutes, some bright spots and one or two questionable decisions.

Corey Brewer, SF 22 MIN | 0-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -2

Brewer really struggled yet again. It’s hard to log zero points in over 20 minutes, especially considering how often he cuts to the basket and gets easy layups — but he did. This simply wasn’t his night.

JaVale McGee, C 16 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +2

McGee had a few nice buckets and some shots that made you scratch your head. Faried was probably stealing most of them, but I still wish he’d rebound a little better given his enormous wingspan and incredible athleticism.

Andre Miller, PG 25 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 11 PTS | +6

Miller had a really great game in terms of assists. This was one of his better distribution nights that I’ve seen in quite some time. Like many of his teammates, Miller has one job (outside of defense) that he needs to focus on: assists. Tonight, he achieved that goal and then some.

Evan Fournier, SG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2


George Karl

It’s funny how things might play out now that we have this coach grader. Karl gets a lot of heat when the team loses, but there’s not too many who acknowledge when he brings his team prepared to play like he did against the Mavericks. The Nuggets were clearly focused and ready to play tonight. They didn’t run too many plays (as usual), but they were mentally in the game from the start and played excellent defense throughout. Tip of the hat to Karl for not conceding a road game like the Nuggets seem to have done far too many times in recent memory.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Three-Hour Energy: The Nuggets were clearly ready to play this game, but what stood out to me from the start was their energy. On both ends of the floor the Nuggets were focused and ready to win individual battles. My only questions is, why can’t they play like this every night? Nobody expects 20-point wins on the regular, but this type of enthusiasm should be the standard, not an anomaly.
  2. Putting the “D” in Dallas: Do you realize the Nuggets have only won three games all year in which their opponent has scored more than 100 points? Everyone talks about the Nuggets high-octane offense, but this team has always had the most success when it’s stopping its opponent from scoring first. The stats don’t lie. This isn’t the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns. This team simply does not fair well in shootouts. When the Nuggets are getting stops, they are also getting wins.
  3. #Winning: Don’t look now but the Nuggets have won six of their last eight games, including wins against Memphis, San Antonio and a hot Lakers squad. Now the Nuggets will see a stretch where nine of their next 12 games come at home. If Karl truly takes care of home court the way he’s promised the Nuggets should come out the other side of January with a pretty impressive record.
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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • Scott

    I was so mad Karl kept Gallo from dropping 40! It’s weird to say since the Melo era that a nugget had almost 40 points.


      karl Fire

      • OriginalJakeSauce

        Lol. You’re a crack up, dude. I agree though, if you’ve left him in to get 39, let him get 40 and stay in the game. Those garbage minutes were worthless for our pineridden nuggs at the end of the bench.

    • Charliemboy

      Karl wanted to keep him hungry.

  • magster

    That was a great road win! Very happy for the Nugs tonight.

  • googergieger

    Gallo and Iguodala won this game for us. If we played against a better team we would have lost. Odd to say looking at the score, but they missed a lot of wide open shots and had no defense. Karl was way too stubborn in keeping in Miller, Kofous, and even Brewer for as long as he did. What is the point in having depth if you stay with the same guys no matter what? Going to be a tough game tomorrow against Memphis. Hopefully Gallo can keep up whatever he found tonight.

  • Ban Johnson

    If Iguodala and Gallinari are even slightly above-average 3-point shooters for starting wings, then the Nuggets become very good. Tonight they were both great from there and the Nuggets rolled. It’s a make and miss league, as the coaches always say.

    Manimal was ridiculous in the first quarter. The whole team seems to feed off his energy when he’s like that.

    McGee wasn’t great tonight, but he’s also just not getting enough minutes. He should be seeing at least as much time as Koufos, and they should be sharing court time sometimes too.

    Brewer, even when he’s a klutz like tonight and his stat-line is bad, still makes a nuisance of himself to the other team.

    • Charliemboy

      Center pay is more dependent on defensive matchup than offense.

  • totti

    two pgs line up,
    the same old tragedy

  • Tyler

    Loved Gallo tonight he played great. He was aggressive and his shots were falling. However this game made me wish that this Gallo would show up a little more often. I know he’s not a player that’s going to score close to 40 points every night but he’s better than a one for ten shooting night likes he’s done twice this season. If Gallo can find consistency with his game and stay around the twenty point range every night (shooting over 40%) the nuggets are a totally different team

  • CJP32

    This was the Gallo and Iggy show, they combined for 59 points and 11/17 threes – was great to see those two hitting shots. Ty was average with 5/14 FGs and 5 TOs, a little out of control. Faried was a beast and was very energetic.

    CBrew went from 27 points one night to his first scoreless game of the season, but at least he was active defensively and forced VC, Mayo and Collison into turnovers and bad shots. At one stage he was playing PF alongside Dre, Ty, Iggy and McGee??

    Dre almost had a double double but was on the court too long.

    I think we are capable of beating Memphis tomorrow and ending the year with a 7-2 record over our last 9 games.

    January is a great month for us schedule wise and WC returns. Maybe things are starting to go in the right direction now?


      GALLO start 1/6
      if ih was at PEPSI CENTER all the people :
      oooo Gallo ….

      INFACT the game was at DALLAS and GALLINARI CLOSED WITH 13/17 !!!!!!!!!!!

      39 Points but in a little minutes , KARL benched him at the end of 2° quarter ( Denver +15 became Denver +8 )
      after KARL BENCHED HIM at the end !

      • Charliemboy

        You need to focus on the team rather than an individual. If the team does well, so will Gallo. Broaden your perspective to help Gallo by reflecting more broadly rather than simply emoting.

  • LotharBot

    Gallo also played some pretty nice D. He forced Dirk into some tough shots, and even had a couple nice stops on Collison.

  • googergieger

    I know you are saying you watched the game, but we just played a team that played bad tonight. Miller and Lawson played too long together again when it clearly wasn’t working again and also, Kofous was absolutely awful tonight. Kaman had his way with him, he missed Faried who was wide open for a dunk and forced up a bad shot that lead to a fast break point for Dallas, he passed the ball straight to Mayo at one point, his rebounding came mostly from easy ones where no Dallas player was around and his team mates let him have it. Saw Gallo let him have at least two. Karl doesn’t deserve an A for having Gallo and Iguodala bail him out against a bad team. I suppose I’m being negative here, but it seems like only when this team loses do honest scores come out. Even then Gallo is criticized more and Kofous is given a free pass. Granted you expect more from one over the other but tonight Kofous was horrible yet still got more minutes than McGee. Karl could get a C for being smart enough to put Gallo on Dirk and take Faried and company off of him. Other than that, dude got lucky Gallo and Iggy went off and that Dallas sucks.

    In other news, refs beat Utah tonight to continue their winning streak. I reckon NBA is going to do everything they can to have a Clippers versus Miami finals.

    • https://twitter.com/denbutsu Joel

      If by “refs beat Utah” you’re referring to the final play, that wasn’t a foul.

      • googergieger

        Well for a stretch Clippers went to the line on five straight possessions. Blake blocked a driving, I think it was Milsap with his body and there was no call. Plenty of other b.s. as well. I mean considering when we last played them at one stretch sixteen straight fouls were called against us, yet us being the best team at attacking the paint…

        Clips are good but the refs have made them really unbeatable. Seriously don’t be surprised when you see Heat versus Clippers in the finals with both teams getting a lot more free throw attempts and fouls drawn during the post season.

    • magster

      “I suppose I’m being negative here….”

      FFS we just won by 20 on the road. Didn’t you get the memo that winning is fun?

  • GK4Prez

    Gallo A++++++++++++++, he did a little bit of everything tonight, the Manimal and Iguodala also had a nice games.


      i repet :

      Lawson Brewer Karl the BAD of NUGGETS

      • Charliemboy

        Gallo may be one of the best, but you sure do not write well…. take some classes, then comment.

  • mitchell

    you should have given gallo like a b-, gianluca’s head would have exploded haha

    • OriginalJakeSauce

      Mitchell, hilarious. Can you imagine tbe slurred racism that would have proceeded?

  • GK4Prez

    Dang, Gallo played so well I started typing like an Italian….lol also had a nice a games a.

  • Tskitishvillain


    Bring Lamarcus Aldrigde to town.


    LAWSON E is the BLèèèèèèèèèèèèèèèèèèèèè player …

    in THIS NUGGETS my UNCLE can close with 6assist/game if was PLAYMAKER !

    LAWSON BREWER KARL .. nuggets want win 1 Playoff’ROUND ? :( :( :(


    Lawson ofter 20′ 5 TO



      • Maurizio

        shut up gianluca it should be better for all us. thanks.

  • http://yahoo.com prospector

    I love Gallo!!! I love Faried!!! But when Miller comes in and drags our pace down to a crawl, that is unacceptable. Great assists, so what… How many baskets does miller give up with bad defense??? countless, far more than his assists…. Remember the movie “MoneyBall”, when Pitt trades the coaches favorite player to force his hand into playing the proper lineup.. We need to get rid of Karl’s crutch MILLER… Then we can use Evan and Stone, and truly hand the keys over to Lawson… Iggy would also have more time being the Scottie Pippen playmaker he dreams of becoming… It’s amazing how simple that would be… GM’s & Coaches make is sound like player rotations is a science… PLZ, just use your brain and grow a set.. Stop being overly fearful of youth… So the youngster makes a mistake, SO WHAT!!!! How many freaking 3 point shots am I going to have to watch Miller give up???? Masai the ball is in your court, are you going to man up or Rex Ryan (wimp ) out??? PLEASE everyone start with me the TRADE MILLER CAMPAIGN!!! This along with the “DUMP CHANDLER” campaign that I have already championed.. I will repeat these items daily until MASAI wakes up…

  • al68

    The best game of Gallo and Iggy this season.
    We need a lot more consistency. The offensive today is good, tomorrow ???
    I do not get to play with Ty Miller and simultaneously give no advantage The.
    Our attack was very good but what makes the difference is our defense and Miller and Brewer difficult Mcgee Faried great goals.
    Now to enjoy this victory because surely will return frustrating defeats.
    Today we have to use our speed and aggression because they do not like anything to Memphis pivots Zach and Gasol.

  • googergieger

    Another useless start by Kofous and it doesn’t look like it’ll get much better. What are the odds he gets another free pass by the fans and Karl gives him most of the minutes?