After starting the game strong the Denver Nuggets surrendered their early-game lead in the second quarter, as the Dallas Mavericks used a huge second period to go ahead and keep Denver playing catch-up for the rest of the night. Game grades can be found below.
|Kenneth Faried, PF 21 MIN | 2-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -5
Faried has been terrific lately and this was a rare off-night for him. His 14-game streak of scoring in double-digits came to an end, as he simply wasn’t feeling it at all and was pulled out of the game.
|Wilson Chandler, SF 31 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -16
Chandler played some good defense on whoever he had to guard, whether it was Dirk Nowitzki in the post or Vince Carter out on the perimeter. He didn’t take many shots, but did make some plays offensively by setting up his teammates.
|Timofey Mozgov, C 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +9
Mozgov’s minutes were limited in the first half as he was once again in foul trouble. He had some nice moments early, dishing out a couple of simple passes. His defense was up-and-down, as he mostly held his own defending the rim close to the basket, but fell asleep and misplayed on some pick-and-rolls, which led to dunks and layups at the rim.
|Ty Lawson, PG 38 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 17 PTS | -12
As always Lawson did a good job creating for others. He is the team’s best offensive player and needs to assert himself early and often, which he didn’t quite manage to do, although he did pick up his aggression late in the game.
|Randy Foye, SG 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -6
Threw a lob pass to Lawson early in the game, which was pretty insane. Other than that, Foye was great. It felt as though he was hitting every three he launched, and he did a terrific job coming off screens and pulling the trigger without any hesitation.
|Darrell Arthur, PF 28 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -11
Got some extra run for defensive purposes and replaced the struggling Faried. Arthur actually made quite an impact offensively, hitting a couple of shots early. He also poured in a nice three-pointer and made a sweet cut to the basket to score on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter.
|Anthony Randolph, SF 16 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -4
Randolph had a chance to enter the game quite early and made the most of his opportunity. Even though seeing him shoot threes is mostly cringe-worthy, Randolph did make two of his long-range attempts and was overall effective in his minutes on the floor.
|J.J. Hickson, C 24 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-9 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -18
As per usual, Hickson made some decent plays offensively by hitting some jumpers in the post, scoring on putback dunks and driving past his defender for layups. At this point, everyone knows about his terrible defense and he missed a whole bunch of free throws, but had an overall acceptable game. He ended up leaving the game after getting injured in the fourth quarter.
|Aaron Brooks, PG 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -18
Watching Brooks can be frustrating sometimes. On one play he can make a slick layup after beating his man off the dribble, only to take a terrible mid-range shot on the following possession.
|Evan Fournier, SG 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1
Fournier got some big minutes in the fourth quarter, but didn’t really have a great game. He made a huge three in the final period to cut into the Mavericks’ lead, but missed an equally important long-range attempt later on.
Not a terrible game by Shaw, but nothing fantastic. He pulled Faried and gave Arthur some extra minutes, which was great. With Foye being red-hot, Shaw could’ve tried to get the team to run more plays for the shooting guard. The defense was often non-existent, and both the coach and the players have to share the blame for that.
One Thing We Saw
- The second quarter really set the Nuggets back big-time. The offense was completely dead for a long period of time, as Denver relied on bad jumpers. Defensively the team struggled mightily as well, giving up 35 points in that quarter. It felt a bit weird, as Denver could play some good defense for a couple of possessions, only to completely fall asleep at the blink of an eye. The effort defensively just wasn’t consistent.
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