Not a great figure, but victory comes anyway. Denver does the homework: he beats Houston at home 95-94 and rises to 5 wins and 4 losses of records. But he gets rid of the Rockets, who even away have now lost 13 consecutive games, only at the last second, thanks to Jokic’s providential block on Tate under the basket.
work in progress
The Nuggets sport a spectacular Joker, but little else. Some flashes of Gordon, crucial for the final mini comeback, and of Campazzo. Enough against the Texans, under reconstruction, against higher-level teams, it will take much more. The Nuggets seemed to be asleep, perhaps the fault of the unusual time, very European, as regards the usability of the audience. And they also lost to injury in the 1st quarter Michael Porter Jr, bruised to the usual, damned back. The 9/40 from 3 points did not help, then: continuous arguments with the basket, this time.
sins of youth
But Houston failed to take advantage of it. The best were veterans Gordon and Theis. The guys, Porter, Green and Wood, who at least went strong on the rebound, were not convinced. Too many plays on the pitch, few on the team. Houston is now 1-8 this season, worst record in circulation …
the words of jokic
“It’s a tough game, but we kept fighting, we’re trying to make a difference in defense, because that’s what wins the championships. My block on Tate? I happened to be in the right place ”. It happens often …
Porter Jr against Porter Jr, the curiosity of the evening, and that of Denver makes a figure of Candid Camera by mistaking the support for the basket 3 against zero on the counterattack. Great start by Barton, a dunk by Jeff Green suggests that the veteran still has gasoline in his legs and makes the public jump out of seats in Colorado. Houston, however, is ahead 27-26 at the end of the 1st quarter because the bench, led by Gordon and Augustin, makes a great impression. It is announced that the Nuggets’ Porter has gone out of action with back problems, his Achilles heel. In short, previous fool explained. A couple of ridiculous calls against Jokic are worth the +9 Houston, of energy, but the Joker and Barton bring back the Nuggets. 47-46 for the Texans in the middle of the game. The explanation in a statistic: Denver throws 2/20 from 3 points. Jokic and Barton 13 points, Theis 8. 19-11 as an advantage from the bench for the Rockets.
the muzzle and the block
Dozier in the quintet instead of the bruised Porter Jr, now. Jokic sends Theis to the asylum with the brushstrokes of an artist under the basket, then reserves the same treatment for Sengun, the unfortunate Turkish freshman. Only 72-71 Denver after 36 ‘, because he never puts it from 3, despite an almighty Joker and some flashes of Campazzo. A 9-1 run signed by the Nuggets bench is just an illusion, the Rockets immediately reduce the gap. And with 2’45 ”to play they are ahead of 5 points and they have accumulated 5 fouls to Jokic. Theis triple is worth the accelerated guest. But Gordon’s two consecutive 3-point baskets turn the tide. And Jokic’s block to Tate at the last moment becomes the lifesaver. Denver wins by prediction, riding the 28 points of the Serbian, but what an effort …
Denver: Jokic 28 (8/12, 1/3, 9/11 t.l.), Barton 15, Gordon 9, Morris 9. Rimbalzi: Jokic 14. Assist: Barton 6.
Houston: Theis 18 (7/10, 1/2, 1/2 t.l.), Gordon 12, Wood 12. Rimbalzi: Wood 17. Assist: Porter 4.
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Triple by Gordon, blocked by Jokic: the incredible victory of Denver with Houston