The Nuggets and Kings were tied at 22 as the first-quarter buzzer sounded at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento a couple weeks back but the Nuggets have not come out on top after a game's first 12 minutes since their fifth game of the season. This time, the Nuggets didn't fare as well. They lost to the Pelicans 123-114 in a contest where both teams defenses largely struggled to contain offenses.
At this point, the Pelicans find themselves just good enough to not be in the NBA's proverbial cellar, but not good enough to be considered as any kind of serious title contender.
While Cousins took his regular rest in the third quarter, Denver drew to within a point at the 3:10 mark after Trey Lyles split a pair of free-throws. He forces teams to make decisions on if you're going to double-team him or play one-on-one and try to take away the other guys.
Although, the Nuggets' offensive production did hit a speed bump in the third quarter.
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By the end of the game New Orleans, behind Cousins' 40 points, seemed to be nearly unstoppable on offense.
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Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone won't be treating his team to dinner after Wednesday's sorry showing. The slow fade continued into the fourth quarter, where the deficit did get huge - 20 points. And that proved too big a mountain for the team to climb.
While grand takeaways from this win can be debated - the Pelicans played without Davis, while the Nuggets scratched Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap because of injury - the results count all the same.
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DeMarcus Cousins bounced back from the November 17 matchup, where the Nuggets held him to 14 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
Davis has missed more than his fair share of games over the course of his career due to injuries, As seen in Basketball-Reference, he has only been able to exceed more than 70 games played in a season once in his career up to this point.
Holiday had 19 of his 27 points in the first half as the Pelicans took a 67-66 lead. Denver also got the bulk of its scoring from its backcourt, with Gary Harris finishing with 24 points and four assists, Will Barton adding 15 points and seven rebounds in his return to the starting lineup and Emmanuel Mudiay scoring 17 off the bench.
It is now getting to the point where fans are not even wanting to watch road games since Denver is so bad away from the Pepsi Center. They shot just 29 from the field in the second half (16-of-55), and did not have any fast break points in the second half.
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