The Denver Nuggets (23-23) came away with a much-needed win for the Mile High City as shooting guard Randy Foye delivered. With 2.4 seconds remaining, Denver ran a designed play for Foye who came off of a screen from J.J. Hickson and knocked down the three in Blake Griffin‘s grill. Credit to the guys at theScore for the GIF:
Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried came to play tonight. The ‘Manimal’ would record a season-high 28 points on 11-of-13 from the field in just 31 minutes while collecting 11 rebounds for a double-double. His front-court teammate J.J. Hickson would record a double-double as well, scoring 17 points while adding 12 rebounds; 4 of which were offensive.
Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson came back after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury and would make a statement. Lawson shot 10-of-19 from the field, including 6-of-8 from the charity stripe as he dropped 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. The starting line-up of the Denver Nuggets would consist of all-5 starters scoring in double-figures. Faried (28), Lawson (27), Hickson (17), Wilson Chandler (14), and Foye (14).
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin had a monster double-double in the loss. Griffin recorded 36 points on 13-of-21 shooting while shooting 10-of-16 at the line. He would pull down 11 rebounds while 6 of them would be offensive. Jamal Crawford came off of the bench and provided a spark for a team without their best player in Chris Paul — who is targeting a return sometime before the all-star break. Crawford shot 5-of-8 from the field, knocking down 8-of-9 free-throw attempts for 19 points and 5 assists.
DeAndre Jordan was also a monster in the lane that Denver just couldn’t contain. Jordan played 41 minutes while shooting 7-of-10 from the field with 19 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks. Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets continue to struggle at the free-throw line where they shot 31-for-44, 70.5% percent.
The Denver Nuggets (23-23) return back to action Wednesday night as they host the Milwaukee Bucks at the Pepsi Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM MT.