In the Nuggets vs Pacers game, the Denver Nuggets emerged victorious over the Indiana Pacers, winning with a score of 117-109 on Sunday, January 14. This win further solidified the Nuggets’ position as the reigning champions.
Nikola Jokic was part of a trio of Denver players who each contributed 25 points in the game. Although he fell just short of securing his 13th triple-double of the season, Jokic managed to record 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Michael Porter Jr. delivered a 7-for-11 performance from the 3-point range, concluding the game with 25 points. Jokic displayed high efficiency in his scoring, making 12 out of 13 shots from the field.
All five starters for the Nuggets reached double figures, and Denver limited the NBA’s highest-scoring offense to its fifth-lowest point total for the season.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone expressed disappointment over his team’s season-worst 21 turnovers, but was full of praise for Porter, who drilled seven 3-pointers in what Malone called “a complete basketball game.”
“It was easy looks,” Porter said. “My teammates were finding me so I didn’t have to work too hard for my shots.”
Porter mentioned that the Nuggets were focused on cooling off the Pacers’ red-hot offense.
“We knew they wanted to push the pace,” he said, joking that the Nuggets had a little extra motivation to prevent former teammate Bruce Brown from getting a win in his return to Denver.
Brown scored a layup, but Porter followed with another successful 3-pointer, and Jokic tipped in a missed shot from Murray, extending the lead to 109-97. Indiana attempted another comeback, narrowing the gap to eight with an opportunity to reduce it further, but Hield’s 24-foot shot missed.
Indiana was behind by nine points but managed a 13-4 run that extended across the first and second quarters, allowing them to seize a 31-28 lead. The lead expanded to four points midway through the second quarter before the Nuggets countered with a 14-3 run.
Denver extended their lead to 59-50 in the latter part of the first half. However, Brown’s successful 3-pointer and layup at the buzzer narrowed the margin to 60-57 at halftime.
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