Aaron Gordon of the Denver Nuggets continues to pick up another win over the Philadelphia 76ers to sweep the series this season. The team came out shooting flamethrowers with a 44-point first quarter doubling the 76ers in the first period. While Gordon didn’t put in a ton of offensive production, the team’s big three more than made up for it en route to a 104-95 victory in their first home game of the season with fans.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic rode early tonight in the two-man game with a smooth feed behind the back giving Jokic an easy rim dunk. From there, the rest of the first half was all Denver, and they weren’t trying to let Philly come close if they wanted to help. The two main culprits to protect that early lead were Murray and Michael Porter Jr., who accumulated 38 points in the first half.
With the lead hovering around 20 at the end of the second quarter, we could see Gordon putting his jumps back in evidence when he and Murray came out at the break. A Porter rebound went to Murray just past the half-court before Murray sent the lob flying in the direction of Gordon who threw a huge dunk to stretch the lead to 23, which gave Ball Arena fans the opportunity to gain ground. lift up firmly.
Denver was up for much of the third quarter, but a late run allowed the 76ers to close what was once a 25-point lead to 17 to complete the quarter. That late run continued into the fourth quarter with the 76ers ending up reaching eight with less than a minute remaining after hitting under 10 with a few minutes remaining. When Porter, Jokic, and Murray combine for 75 points, you’ll have a lot more wins than losses, but the game should never have been as close as it ended up being.
Denver’s demise made a huge difference in this one with 26 assists out of 39 shots made, and the majority of those unassisted baskets came from Murray when he went to work on his own to support the team’s offense. The team need to work on their ability to take care of the ball as they made 19 turnovers in the game, and nine of them were from the four reservists. They also need to be able to walk better on water when the starters are off the ground. That negative run between the third and fourth quarters caused Jokic, Murray, Porter and Will Barton all to be forced back into the game to freeze it. If it weren’t for that huge lead in the first quarter, Denver loses this game because they were outscored by 14 points in the second half.
Denver is now 29-18, and they’re really putting pressure on the top four teams in the conference as they hover just behind the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers. Speaking of the Clippers, Denver heads to Los Angeles on Thursday to take on the all-star team.
Points: Jamal Murray – 30 years old
Aide: Will Barton – 6 ans
Rebounds: Michael Porter Jr. – 12 years old
Game player: Michael Porter Jr. 27 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 11 of 16, 5 of 7 3 points, 0 of 2 free throws