The Denver Nuggets looked to bounce back from their disastrous loss to Washington last night when they squared off vs. the Charlotte Bobcats this evening at The Time Warner Cable Arena. George Karl wanted a strong defensive effort out of his Nuggets, and he got just that out of Andre Iguodala and the bounce-back Nuggets.
There would be no ugly loss like last night as the Nuggets steamrolled the Bobcats 113-99. The first half was much better all round for the Nuggets as they had a lot more intensity on the defensive side and were getting their big men involved early. Andre Iguodala accounted for six of the nuggets ten assists in the 1st quarter and McGee was the main recipient as he had 8 points and Faried had 6 from Iguodala.
After the 1st quarter, Denver was up 31-29. The 2nd quarter, the Nuggets were able to extend their lead as Iggy continued his strong game finishing the half with 9 points and 7 assists. Denver led Charlotte 60-54 at halftime thanks in large part to a lot of players helping out off the bench with McGee leading the way and the defense was definitely improved from last night. Another healthy sign was the Nuggets shot 5-12 from behind the arc in the first half compared to the awful 4-22 shorting performance last night. Doesn’t make much sense.
After the break, the 3rd quarter was slow going at the beginning as scoring was hard to come by. The Nuggets maintained their lead slightly throughout the quarter finishing with an 83-74 lead headed to the 4th. Through three, Iggy had a double double with 11 points and 10 assists and Faried had 15 points.
Denver took over in the 4th quarter and expanded their lead into a very comfortable margin and this game was over halfway through the quarter. The Nuggets had six players in double figures with Lawson leading the way with some late baskets to score 20 points, to make that six straight games with 20+ points for the fastest man in the NBA.
The Nuggets bench was a main contributor tonight with 45 points with McGee leading the way with 17. Overall this was an expected response from the Nuggets who took care of business like they should of last night. A quick 1-1 road trip for Denver, as they head home to face the Lakers for the last time this season on Monday.