The Denver Nuggets (25-28) snapped their five-game losing streak Thursday night in Milwaukee, defeating the Bucks 101-90. Kenneth Faried responded with a strong game for a Denver team searching for a spark plug as the power forward scored 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting, collecting 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Bucks will be the first opponent the #Nuggets have held under 100 points since Jan. 25. (109-96 win over the Pacers)
— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) February 21, 2014
The Nuggets played well on both ends of the court, shooting 39-of-76 from the field, 51.3% percent but continue to struggle from the free-throw line where they shot a dismal 15-of-26, 57.7% percent. Wilson Chandler was Denver’s second leading scorer, shooting 6-of-8 from the field, going a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown collecting 15 points on the night.
Bucks veteran small forward Caron Butler would score a team-high 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting, adding 2 blocks and 4 rebounds to his stat-line. Rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo would score 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting, cashing in 4-of-5 attempts from the charity stripe. Nuggets center J.J. Hickson recorded a double-double on 6-of-9 shooting collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Denver’s bench was limited to three players tonight and Timofey Mozgov came one rebound short of a double-double as he fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Mozzy recorded 14 points on 3-of-6 shooting, knocking down 8-of-10 free-throws to go along with 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Evan Fournier who just came off of a career-high night, scored just 7 points on 3-of-9 shooting plus 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Denver Nuggets will be on a back-to-back on the road as they take on the Chicago Bulls. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM MT and will be televised on ESPN.