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Iguodala scored his 10,000th career point midway through the 3rd quarter on the way to the victory as part of a 17-4 run that gave the Nuggets a lead they would never relinquish. Up 46-44 at halftime, the run, highlighted by JaVale McGee’s stellar dunk, put the Nuggets ahead 72-59 and was part of a 3rd quarter in which Denver outscored Houston 36-22.
The Nuggets were led in scoring by Ty Lawson with 21 points, but saw solid contributions across the board. The Nuggets got 44 points from the bench, led by Wilson Chandler’s 20. Chandler, who has missed most of the season due to offseason hip surgery, seems to be finding his groove once again, giving the Nuggets a great boost off the bench. McGee, who is often plagued by inconsistency and a penchant for making questionable plays, was just the opposite tonight, his play midway through the 3rd quarter in which he alley-ooped the ball to himself for a one handed slam showed his tantalizing potential.
Houston struggled offensively all night and was plagued by 22 turnovers, including 7 from James Harden. Jeremy Lin scored only 9 points and didn’t seem to aggressively look for his shot. Houston was able to shut down Kenneth Faried who typically unleashes the Manimal (a moniker given to him in college) on opponents with relentless hustle. However, he was held scoreless and recorded just 6 rebounds. On this night though, it did not matter as Denver’s depth and balance proved too much for Houston.
Up next the Nuggets return home to face Sacramento on Saturday night.