The Denver Nuggets won their fourth game in a row on the road and their ninth straight overall beating the Phoenix Suns 108-93. They are currently the hottest team in the Western Conference, and would be the hottest team in the NBA if it wasn’t for the Miami Heat.
Kosta Koufos showed his worth while others seemed to struggle early. He finished with a career-high 22 points, scoring the first 13 points for Denver. He shot 10-of-11, added 10 rebounds, and helped the team tally 74 points in the paint.
The team as a whole also shot well from the floor at 51.2 percent, but once again struggled from the free-throw line (68 percent) and from beyond the arc (25 percent). The game was close early on with ten lead changes and nine ties, but the Nuggets pulled away in the second half to improve their road record to 15-19.
Koufos showed us all why he’s the starter by owning the three feet around the rim. “Kosta has a great understanding of how to get underneath a defense when the defense makes mistakes. He probably had three or four putbacks tonight, he’s gaining confidence by doing the little things of playing basketball. He and JaVale McGee give us two guys that can have big nights,” Coach George Karl said after the game.
The Nuggets now return home and have the chance of extending their home winning streak to 14 games. To win ten straight overall, they will have to get through Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith when they return to the Pepsi Center Wednesday night. The New York Knicks will have their hands full and after just losing to the Golden State Warriors 92-63, I really don’t expect them to come in and steal a win in Denver.
The Memphis Grizzlies come into town to finish off the week on Friday, and if the Nuggets win this game, they have a chance of sliding past Memphis for the fourth spot in the Western Conference.
The Nuggets have averaged 111 points during their winning streak and players at every position are stepping it up when needed. If Koufos keeps dominating in the paint the team has a great chance of making some noise in the playoffs, especially if they end up with home-court advantage.