Nuggets Start To Hit Stride in Four-Game Win Streak While Missing Melo, Billups

November 30th, 2010 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »
The Nuggets made a statement last night with their 138-133 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Their superstar and leading scoring threat, Carmelo Anthony, was sidelined due to sickness symptoms after playing just over two minutes of the game—yet the Nuggets prevailed in a high-scoring duel.

In the game, which was a total team victory, Denver had six players score in double digits, led by J.R. Smith’s 30 on 8-15 shooting from the field.

In fact, in all three games (the last three for the Nuggets) without Billups (for two) and Melo in the last one, Denver won by shooting more efficiently than their opponents, having at least four players score in double digits and rebounding the ball well.

First and foremost, the Nuggets have been flat-out outscoring opponents, to the tune of 112.3-105.5 during this current winning streak. The way they’ve gotten to those astoundingly high scoring numbers is by sharing the ball and scoring duties as Arron Afflalo (14.3 points), Ty Lawson (15.3) and Nene (15) have picked up the production in the stars’ absence.

And how they’ve been scoring—driving the ball well and ...

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