In a sloppy, miss filled, physical game the Nuggets outlasted the Clippers 110-100. Denver got big performances late from Ty Lawson, Randy Foye and JJ Hickson to end the Clippers 11 game winning streak.
Grades are below the jump.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 34 MIN | 6-14 FG | 6-7 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +5
Like he has all March, Faried battled and contributed another double-double. His energy kept Denver in the game throughout by giving them repeated extra chances on a night they shot very poorly. He also fought Blake Griffin for everything, making life extra hard on the already tired Clippers star.
|Wilson Chandler, SF 33 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +8
Chandler scored just four points in the second half, all in transition, yet again disappearing in a game the Nuggets really needed him to play well. Unlike some nights where he has tough defensive matchups Chandler was responsible for Matt Barnes during most of his minutes so there really isn’t a good reason why he struggled so much offensively.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 19 MIN | 4-10 FG | 7-7 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -7
The 7/7 from the line was good. The 4/10 from the field is terrible for a guy who gets almost every shot within six to eight feet from the rim. It continues a 15 game trend of Mozgov shooting terribly from the field for a seven footer. The defense is nice but it is hard to get such poor production around the rim on a consistent basis. The Clippers also grabbed a ton of offensive rebounds so Mozgov is a part of that.
|Ty Lawson, PG 38 MIN | 5-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 19 PTS | +5
Lawson was great early on but faded a bit as the game went on. He also was torched by Chris Paul. Then he took over the last few minutes. It may be a case of minutes catching up to him but if he can keep the Nuggets close and take over games late things will work just fine.
|Randy Foye, SG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +6
Foye just looks tired. His shot is off and has been for a while now, especially from three. For him to be his most effective he needs to make threes. But he made the biggest one tonight to put Denver up 7 with just over 2:30 left. It is another big shot for a guy who has made a few for Denver this year. Oh and that block in transition to seal the game was kind of nice.
|Darrell Arthur, PF 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +4
Stop me if you have heard this one before. When Arthur makes his jumpers he and the Nuggets are much more effective. Tonight he didn’t and he actually even added missed layups. He did add eight rebounds which is uncommon for him.
|Quincy Miller, SF 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9
He is active defensively and plays hard every time he steps on the floor but it is time to stop having Quincy shoot threes. It just isn’t something he is capable of.
|J.J. Hickson, C 30 MIN | 9-14 FG | 3-7 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +20
Hickson continued his recent stretch of strong play off the bench pumping in another double-double and actually playing some pretty good defense on Blake Griffin when needed. He has actually been pretty good in his new role by bringing a ton of energy into games whenever he gets a chance.
|Aaron Brooks, PG 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | +2
Brooks played much better than the 1-5 shooting would make you believe. He found open shooters and slashers on his way to five assists and converted a big and-1 in the fourth quarter. He is a great guy to go to when Foye isn’t connecting from deep.
|Evan Fournier, SG 14 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -2
Fournier played. Not well, not super poorly but he played.
Shaw kept his team in the game despite poor shooting, fouls breaking down any rhythm the game had and a few Clipper runs and managed to bring guys back in the fourth quarter at the perfect time leading to a 13-2 run that finished things off. It was another good night for him.
Two Things We Saw
- That was ugly, awful, and disjointed but the Nuggets still found a way to win and Shaw should get a lot of credit for it. The Nuggets have nothing at all to play for and yet Shaw has them playing hard and winning games like this. In the long run it may mean nothing or it may be a precursor to a lot of things. But for now, after watching Denver get blown out so often it was a good sign.
- Those throwback uniforms are great. Denver has a great collection of retro jerseys and it is a shame they don’t break them out more.
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