The Denver Nuggets (21-21) got back to .500 ball as they defeated one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. the Indiana Pacers by the score of 109-96. The starting-five of the Denver Nuggets would all score in double-figures led by forward Wilson Chandler who would score a season-high 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including 4-for-8 from distance.
Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has been a double-double machine of late the guard would pick up yet another. Lawson would finish with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 assists. Center J.J. Hickson would also record a double-double as he collected 14 points and 13 rebounds, but would struggle at the charity stripe where he converted just 4-of-11 free-throws.
Kenneth Faried was the mot efficient player on the court tonight according to ESPN, where the forward earned a plus-minus rating of +15. Faried was active on both sides of the ball as he recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds, but would also accumulate 2 steals and 2 blocks. Pacers guard Paul George would be limited for the most part as Chandler did a good job guarding the all-star. George would shoot 6-of-18 from the field earning a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, including 6 assists.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert would have a frustrating night as the big-man couldn’t get anything going. He would shoot 2-of-3 from the field but would only play 20 minutes as he fouled out. Lance Stephenson would pick up for the lack of scoring from Hibbert and George as the guard would shoot 10-of-16 from the field with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Nate Robinson was a key contributor off of the bench for the Denver Nuggets as he led an 11-0 run in the second quarter with two three-pointers. Robinson finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Timofey Mozgov was solid in his 24 minutes of play as the center finished with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 7-of-10 from the line to go along with 7 rebounds.
Rookie head coach Brian Shaw got the better of his former team in which he was an assistant for. Power forward Darrell Arthur sat out another game due to a nagging groin injury.
The Denver Nuggets (21-21) hit the road once again as they head to California to take on the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena Sunday night. Tip-Off is scheduled for 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT.
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