The Denver Nuggets might want to consider moving from the Mile High City to London soon. The Nuggets treated the Indiana Pacers to a high-scoring blowout, 140-112 to snap a five-game losing streak in this special NBA London road game in the United Kingdom.
Italian forward Danilo Gallinari felt right at home scoring 18 points and a team-high four three-pointers for Denver. The Nuggets’ offense were humming in this one with all of their starters hitting at least one three-pointer.
Euros play well in London; Nuggets’ offense humming
Big man Nikola Jokic top-scored with 22 points and added 10 rebounds, while veteran forward Wilson Chandler contributed 21 points on 8-of-13 field goal shooting. Denver hit 15 three-pointers as a team and shot 57.1% (52-of-91 FGs) overall.
Gallinari said post-game that plays Europe was great. Nuggets head coach Mike Malone even joked to his team that he thinks the Nuggets should consider London for the rest of their home games this season.
“Just to come back to Europe and play in front of these fans, it was great. Hopefully, the fans had a good show,” Gallinari told ESPN.
Gary Harris helped with 16 points while two players, Kenneth Faried (15 points and 9 rebounds) and Jameer Nelson (11 points and 5 assists) also played well off the bench.
“I joked with our guys after the game, `I think we’re going to stay here in London and play our home games here,” Malone added. “Our guys were very comfortable out there and we had one of our best performances.”
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Pacers. Indiana has scored 111 points or more in their previous five games but couldn’t play enough defense in London to stop the Nuggets. They were outplayed and outrebounded by Denver, 48-34 in this NBA London road game.
The Nuggets returned to the win column in style with their highest-scoring output of the season. Their previous high was at 132 in a Dec. 15 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
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