Tripoin and Defense Moncer bring Mighty Nuggets over the Suns
The Denver Nuggets continued the NBA match against the Phoenix Suns, Sunday night, November 24, 2019, local time. Coming in with a positive trend in winning capital in the previous four games, the Nuggets had a chance at the beginning of the game with lagging in the first half. However, the support of more than 19 thousand spectators who packed the Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, United States, made the Nuggets rise in the second half and closed the game with a 116-104 victory.
Tripoin and defense are the two keys to the victory of the Nuggets. Michael Malone’s foster children managed to enter 14/31 tripoin which is equivalent to 45 percent. While the Suns were only able to enter 12/35 shots (35 percent).
On the defense side, the Nuggets managed to turn off the Suns main engine point, Devin Booker. Playing for 33 minutes, Booker only packed 12 points and 5 assists from 5/13 shots. In fact, the average statistics for Booker points before the game is 26.2 points.
In addition, the success of the three Nuggets players who scored more than 20 points in the game also made a difference. Paul Millsap led the points with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Will Barton followed with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Jamal Murray scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of these three players, no tripoin accuracy is lower than 36 percent.
Outside the three names above, there are still two other names that are capable of printing two-digit numbers and both start the game from the bench. Mason Plumlee scored 14 points and 7 rebounds for 16 minutes while Monte Morris had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists for 14 minutes.
From the Suns camp, the highest points actually came from the bench after Cheick Diallo scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Dario Saric became the only player to score double 18 points and 17 rebounds. Elie Okobo 16 points while Kelly Oubre Jr. close the list with 10 points.
These results led the Nuggets to successfully extend their positive trend with five consecutive wins. In total, the Nuggets have won 12 of 15 games and are ranked second in the Western Conference standings. As for the Suns, this defeat was the eighth defeat of 16 games that made them stuck in seventh in the same region.
Nuggets will stay at home to host the Washington Wizards, the day after tomorrow, local time. The day after, the Wizards will visit the Suns headquarters as part of their west coast tour.