Denver stayed hot and destroyed a decimated Orlando Magic team playing the second game of a back to back 120-94. The game was never all that close as Denver got up double digits in the first quarter and built on that lead as the game went on. Everyone did a bit of everything in a game that included a Timofey Mozgov poster dunk, a Randy Foye transition block, a big Kenneth Faried steal and slam and the Nuggets setting a franchise record by hitting 12 threes for the fourth straight game.
|J.J. Hickson, PF 27 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +16
One of my favorite moments of the game was Hickson coming in to do his patented steal a rebound from a teammate move and Quincy Miller refusing to let him do it. A double double on 50 percent shooting when your team wins by almost 30 is a good night.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 29 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-3 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +16
Faried did a lot of good things tonight that all of a sudden have started showing up a bit more often in his game. He made a few jumpers and played some really good on ball defense against Tobias Harris. He still made a few mistakes off the ball but the improvement is visible which is important for Denver as they evaluate the Manimal going forward.
|Quincy Miller, SF 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +10
Miller had a career high 16 points and was the second of two Nuggets with a double-double with his 11 rebounds. The potential is evident when Miller plays well but to fully reach it he needs to be able to consistently hit threes. Tonight he was 0-6 from behind the arc and most misses weren’t that close.
|Ty Lawson, PG 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +18
It was a quiet 16 and eight from Lawson but that is more of a product of how good he is than anything else.
|Randy Foye, SG 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +22
Foye continues to burst out of his cold streak by lighting the nets on fire from all over the floor. This is the guy the Nuggets wanted when they signed Foye in the offseason.
|Darrell Arthur, PF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +19
Arthur didn’t do much in his 11 minutes besides a nice block. More importantly he left the game with an injured groin, a problem for an already thin Denver big man rotation.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0
Hamilton did things in 12 minutes of garbage time. There really isn’t much to grade here.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +10
Mozgov had a terrific poster dunk tonight where he was probably fouled. He continues to be a constant force in the middle for however long Shaw plays him.
|Nate Robinson, PG 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +10
Because of all the silly shots that Nate can (and does) throw up his passing is typically overlooked. Tonight he had six assists and just five points showing again he is a good passer when he wants to be.
|Evan Fournier, SG 22 MIN | 7-8 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +10
Fournier continued his great play since his insertion into the starting lineup with a great shooting night again tonight. He used his usual array of tricky moves to get to the rim and create chances to score for himself and others including a beautiful spin move to get to the rim.
Shaw’s team won by 26 without their starting small forward, there really isn’t anything to downgrade him for.
Two Things We Saw
- It sounds simple but this team is so much better and more fun when they get out and run and make threes. Tonight Denver scored 18 fast break points and shot 42.9 percent on 28 three point attempts. They are just a different team when they get out into transition.
- There isn’t much else to say about a game where Denver was up 35. They were great, the Magic are terrible and the game was never close. Good job by Denver putting away a bad opponent at home.
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