Recap: Denver Nuggets cruise to an easy road victory over the Indiana Pacers, 108-87.


Nov 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) lays the ball in against Indiana Pacers guard Donald Sloan (15) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets snapped a six-game losing streak Friday night, defeating the Indiana Pacers on the road, 108-87. The win was Denver’s first road victory all-season, a promising game from the team nonetheless.

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Gary Harris played in his first official NBA game Friday night and was a pleasant surprise – a player Nuggets’ fans have been clamoring for since day one. With Randy Foye out with a knee injury, Brian Shaw inserted the first-round pick into the rotation. The rookie recorded a steal which led to a tough, euro-step layup for his first two points of his young career. Harris finished the night collecting 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, recording 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

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Nuggets’ point guard Ty Lawson may have struggled from the field (4-of-13), but notched his first double-double of the season. In 31 minutes of action, Lawson scored 11 points while adding 3 rebounds, 10 assists, and 1 steal. Meanwhile, Denver’s entire starting lineup minus Timofey Mozgov, scored in double-figures. Arron Afflalo (17), Wilson Chandler (13), Kenneth Faried (12), Ty Lawson (11).

Danilo Gallinari just might be regaining his stroke. In a small sample size tonight, Gallo shot 4-of-6 from the field – including three, three-pointers. Gallo scored 12 points while adding 3 rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Ever player that touched the court for the Nuggets recorded a point except for Nate Robinson (o-for-2, 17 minutes).

Darrell Arthur also put up some solid numbers off the bench tonight, shooting 5-of-9 from the field while accounting for 11 points. JaVale McGee chipped in 7 points in 15 minutes of play. Denver shot 49.4% percent from the field which is the highest they’ve shot in a game all-season.

One of the lone bright spots of the night for Indiana was backup point guard A.J. Price. Price scored a team-high 14 points off the bench, shooting 5-of-9 from the field, recording 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. A trio of Pacers finished the night with 12 points apiece; Solomon Hill, Donald Sloan, and Lavoy Allen.

The Denver Nuggets (2-6) resume action Sunday afternoon, taking on the New York Knicks in a Sunday matinee. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, 11:00 PM MST.