The Denver Nuggets (24-23) came into the game thinking they could just coast tonight and defeat the Milwaukee Bucks. Denver trailed at the half 52-51 and were ridiculed for their lack of effort by head coach Brian Shaw, here is what he had to say at the half via the Denver Nuggets twitter account.
#Nuggets coach Brian Shaw delivers tongue-lashing during timeout: “I can’t tell which team has the worse record – us or them.”
— Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) February 6, 2014
The Nuggets would respond in the second half as they outscored the Bucks 33-20 in the third quarter as it translated to the fourth defeating the Bucks by the final of 110-100. Ty Lawson led the way for the Nuggets as he recorded a double-double with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting, knocking down five of his six free-throws to go along with 13 assists and 7 rebounds. Small forward Wilson Chandler scored a team-high 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting as he was aggressive all night.
The whole starting-five of the Denver Nuggets would score in double-figures as shooting guard Randy Foye finished with 20 points knocking down 5-of-10 from distance. J.J. Hickson would record a double-double of his own scoring 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. The ‘Manimal’ Kenneth Faried would nearly record a double-double of his own but just fell one rebound shy as the forward collected 10 points and 9 rebounds.
The Nuggets didn’t have an answer for the Bucks post presence in Larry Sanders. Sanders played strong as he posted a double-double with 25 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds; 8 of which were offensive. Khris Middleton would play a strong game as well as the power forward would also score 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting, finishing with 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
An encouraging sign for the Nuggets moving forward is that their free-throw percentage was stellar tonight as they knocked down 22-of-26 from the stripe. Most notably, J.J. Hickson who is just averaging 55.1% percent from the line shot 5-of-6 tonight from the charity stripe. The Nuggets would also record a season-high in blocks with 12 as Randy Foye would record four of them.
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