The Denver Nuggets improved their record to 2-0 with an impressive 117-100 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. Denver used a 21-6 run at the end of the second quarter to reach halftime with a 63-46 lead, and never looked back.
Nene was the star for the Nuggets, finishing with 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting in 24 minutes. Nene also added seven rebounds, three steals, and three blocks in the win. Five Nuggets scorers reached double-figures. Ty Lawson scored 15, while Rudy Fernandez and Danilo Gallinari each scored 11. Arron Afflolo added 10 points for Denver in the win.
Al Jefferson finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists to lead Utah.
Four Denver scorers have reached double-figures as the Nuggets are out to a 88-66 lead through three quarters against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The Nuggets have used defensive to create their offense, and it has showed: the team is 35-65 from the field, good for a 53.1 percent clip.
Nene has been Denver's leading man throughout the contest. The big man has25 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks. Ty Lawson has also played well, contributing 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting through three quarters. Danilo Gallinari (11 points) and Arron Afflolo (10 points) have also helped pace Denver's offense.
Al Jefferson has 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists for Utah.
Denver's biggest edge is in steals. The Nuggets have 13 steals, compared to just five for the Jazz.
The Denver Nuggets ended the second quarter on a 21-6 run to get out to a 63-46 halftime lead against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. Denver appears to be in good position to improve to 2-0 thanks to quality shot making (23-42 from the field) and a stellar defensive effort that included nine first half steals.
Nene has done most of the damage for Denver, scoring 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Ty Lawson added 13 points for Denver on 5-of-7 shooting. Arron Afflalo has eight points 3-of-7 shooting.
Al Jefferson has 14 first half points for the Jazz. Paul Milsap came off the bench and has 11 points and five rebounds for Utah thus far.
The Nuggets is shooting 54.8 percent from the field, while Utah is 17-of-37 from the field.
The Denver Nuggets are started the season off on the right foot on Monday with a decisive win over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, and could be on their way to a 2-0 start after a quality opening quarter vs. the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets lead 28-23 behind eight points and four rebounds from star big man Nene Hilario. Utah was led by Al Jefferson, who finished with 10 points, two rebounds, and two assists in the opening quarter.
Denver held significant edges in shooting percentage and rebounding. Utah shot just 9-of-23 from the field, good for 39.1%. Denver hit 50 percent of their field goals in the first quarter, finishing 9-of-18.
Ty Lawson scored eight for the Nuggets in the quarter on 3-of-5 shooting. Paul Milsap came off the bench to score seven points for the Jazz.