Denver Nuggets routed Washington Wizards last night at their Pepsi Center. Jokic and the guys had no problems while posting a 117-104 victory, their sixth in a row.
The Nuggets broke the resistance of the guests in the second period, which they’ve won 39-24. The defense was the main reason for Denver’s win tonight. Hosts managed to restrain one of the best offenses in the league to just 104 points. Up until last night, the guests from DC averaged 119.1 points per game.
According to all the present at Pepsi Center, it was all because of Gary Harris, who limited visitors’ Bradley Beal to 14 points. It is more than twice as fewer than his average, which was 29.6.
“That’s all Gary,” Jeramy Grant said. “He’s locking everybody up this year. He’s shutting everyone down.”
It is not the first time for Harrs to shut down the best scorer of the rivals’ crew. He forced James Harden to end the night with 27 points, Devin Booker had 12, and now Beal.
After that second period, the guests realized that they couldn’t do anything, and as the end got closer, both sides gave a chance to the guys who are not starters.
Meanwhile, Grant was playing the game of the season on offense. The former OKC Thunder forward had 20 points and was 7 for 13 from the field. Along with Mason Plumlee, he was Denver’s x-factor off the bench.
“I think we’re just jelling as a team,” Grant said. “I think everyone is coming out and doing their own job. And that’s making it easy.”
Plumlee, one of the defensive specialists in Nuggets’ team, happened to be clinical this time on offense. Just one of his eight attempts didn’t go in, and the former Duke Blue Devil scored 15 points with 7 boards.
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray were quiet tonight. The duo, which leads Mike Malone’s team, didn’t have to work hard, and they spent 25 minutes each on the court. Jokic had 8 points, but 20 boards, while Murray dropped 16 points. Will Barton was there to take care of everything else with 17 buckets.
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Among the Wizards, Jordan McRae posted a team-high with 21 points, coming off the bench.
“I think we have to do a better job of helping each other going up in the paint, just knowing everybody has everybody’s back,” he said.
Denver dropped 70 points from the paint in this one, and had a massive advantage on the glass picking up 44 boards, while allowing 67.
Beal, Mo Wagner, and Davis Bertans scored 14 points each, while Troy Brown Jr. added 12.
“We gave them no resistance. There was no physicality,” Wizards coach Scotty Brooks said. “When you don’t give any resistance to a great team, they’re going to get 70 points in the paint.”
This was the 13th win for the Nuggets, who have only three losses since the start of the campaign. At the moment, Jokic and the guys are second in the West, behind the LA Lakers who are 15-2. They will face LeBron and AD next Tuesday at home, but before that, they have a trip to Sacramento, where they play against the Kings this Saturday.
The Wizards (5-10) kicked off a four-game road trip against the Nuggets. Their next destination is Phoenix, where they face the Suns already tomorrow. After that, the team from the capital plays two matches in LA. Against the Lakers on Friday, and the Clippers on Monday.
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