Injury Woes Hurt Nuggets In Loss To Pacers
The Denver Nuggets (24-26) fell yet again on the road as the Indiana Pacers stormed past them with the blowout win, 119-80. With Ty Lawson out with a fractured rib, Denver couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end. Wilson Chandler scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting but would record a plus/minus rating of -29 according to ESPN.
Randy Foye who has been hot in the last month shot just 2-of-13 from the field for 9 points but did record 10 assists. David West was on fire for the Pacers and no one could stop him. The veteran forward recorded a quick 17 points in the first half and finished with 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting.
All-Star Paul George didn’t really have to do much with the short-handed Nuggets in town. He would shoot 4-of-10 from the field scoring 12 points while adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Roy Hibbert collected a double-double in the win scoring 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting with 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.
All five of the players in the starting line-up for the Pacers scored in double-figures led by West with 25. Lance Stephenson would add 12 points while point guard George Hill would score 10. Denver just couldn’t get anything going from the field as they shot just 28-of-89, 31.5% percent. They would struggle mightily from distance as they converted just 6-of-26 three-point shots for a rough percentage of 23.1%.
Jordan Hamilton was the only player off of the Denver Nuggets bench that scored in double-figures. The forward hasn’t seen much playing time due to the fact that Brian Shaw has liked what he has seen in second-year forward Quincy Miller. Hamilton scored 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, collecting 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Miller on the other hand failed to record a point as he shot 0-of-5 from the field in 27 minutes of play, collecting 5 rebounds and 1 steal.
The Denver Nuggets return to action on Wednesday night as they take on the division rival Minnesota Timberwolves. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM MT.