Hello, offense. The Nuggets missed you. After being MIA the previous two games, the Nuggets were able to find some of it again Saturday night in an effort that gained steam as the game progressed and ended with a 103-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. "It's good. It's the first time that we've won on the second night of a back-to-back all season," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "So that's what you have to have. We were down a man with Ty Lawson being out so guys knew that they would go a little bit deeper into our bench." It was a gritty victory and the first time the Nuggets (12-8) eclipsed the 100-point mark in the past three games. It snapped a two-game losing streak and made certain the Nuggets will go home with no worse than a .500 record on this six-game Eastern Conference road swing. They can make a winning trek with a victory at Washington on Monday night. But first things first. This win was a much-needed reprieve from a couple of tough outings filled with self-inflicted wounds. They again inflicted a few on themselves in this one before things started to work themselves out. Most notably, allowing Philadelphia free reign in the paint. For about two and a half quarters, the Sixers (7-14) did whatever they wanted inside and opened up as much as a 10-point lead. But free throws, oddly enough for the team that struggles to hit them, kept the Nuggets close. "We talked about the fact that this was kind of an unorthodox team in that their paint points mainly come from their guards," Shaw said. "They're attacking the paint; (Spencer) Hawes and Thaddeus Young pick-and-pop a lot. We were up on guys and they were just driving around us and into the paint. We weren't having any weakside awareness with our weakside defenders, but we did a better job of that in the second half with Anthony Randolph's activity and alertness."
Nuggets rally past Philadelphia 76ers for a road victory
Denver Post | Dec 8