|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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- #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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