Bucks Vs. Nuggets: Huge 4th Quarter Gives Denver 2nd Straight Win

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 91-86 on Monday.

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Bucks Vs. Nuggets Quotes, Recap Reactions, And More

The Denver Nuggets played a grueling stretch of five games in six nights and three games in three nights, but managed to muster up the execution and and energy needed to close out the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The 91-86 home victory helped the Nuggets finish 2-1 in their patch of three games in three nights, and now they only have to deal with that pressure once more this season, Feb. 1st-3rd.

With Nene out due to foot soreness, a big advantage for Denver in the second half was the ability to play a lighter lineup with perimeter threats at every position. Despite giving up at least five inches and 20 pounds to Andrew Bogut, Al Harrington limited the Bucks' center to 1-3 shooting in the 4th quarter and allowed George Karl to keep a smaller lineup in at the end of the game. Here is Harrington on his approach to guarding Bogut in the closing minute of the game, via NBA.com :

I just told my teammates if they had an opportunity and wanted to double they could double, but in my mind I was going to guard him straight up, hold him up, and just contest any shot he was going to take. I knew it was going to be one of those little hooks. Once he turned to shoot it I just tried to get in his air space.

Bogut on Harrington's post defense, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

I couldn't score on him. He's so strong down there and he just pushed me off the block. I couldn't really make them pay for going small. He was a game-changer for them.

The Bucks had plenty of chances -- including four opportunities to tie or take the lead in the final 76 seconds -- but never quite did enough to outplay the Nuggets in the fourth quarter. SB Nation's Milwaukee Bucks blog, Brew Hoop, explained a key aspect of the loss:

All told, Denver's best players soundly outplayed their Milwaukee counterparts and in the end that made the outcome feel about right. Ty Lawson (16 points on 13 shots, six assists, one turnover) bettered Brandon Jennings (5/16 fg, 12 pts, 3 ast, 6 to), Danilo Gallinari was steady and efficient with 21 points and 10 boards on just 12 shots, and Al Harrington (17 points on 12 shots, eight rebs) ran circles around the bigger Andrew Bogut and everyone else the Bucks threw at him. Not the way the Bucks wanted to kick off their five game Western road trip, but they don't have much time to dwell on it with a game in Utah on Tuesday night.

Brew Hoop's game recap.

Denver Stiffs' game recap.

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Nuggets Vs. Bucks Final Score: Gallinari Leads Comeback Win For Denver

You could excuse the Denver Nuggets for tired legs on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks. After all, this was the third game in three days for the Nuggets, a new caveat every team will at one point have to endure thanks to the league's lockout-shortened 66-game schedule. But the Nuggets showed resolve in a come-back 91-86 win over the Bucks to improve to 4-2.


Related: VIDEO: Danilo Gallinari Misses Game-Tying Layup In Nuggets Vs. Lakers Game

Danilo Gallinari scored 21 points on 5-of-12 shooting for Denver. Gallinari excelled at forcing contract, and scored the majority of his points thanks to converting 10-of-12 free throws. Al Harrington came off the bench to score 17 points and grab eight rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting. Point guard Ty Lawson finished with 16 points and six assists.

Four Bucks players reached double-figures in scoring, led by Stephen Jackson (17 points).

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Nuggets Vs. Bucks Score Update: Milwaukee Leads By Six After Three

A wild third quarter packed with missed lay-ups by the Denver Nuggets sees George Karl's squad trail 74-68 after three periods on Monday at the Pepsi Center. Milwaukee's defense stifled Denver in the third quarter, as the Nuggets are now shooting just 39 percent (25-of-63) from the field.

Four Bucks scorers are already in double-figures. Stephen Jackson leads the way for Milwaukee with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Carlos Delfino, Andrew Bogut, and Brandon Jennings have each scored 10 for the Bucks thus far.


Related: VIDEO: Danilo Gallinari Misses Game-Tying Layup In Nuggets Vs. Lakers Game

Danilo Gallinaro leads Denver with 15 points on 3-of-6 shooting. Point guard Ty Lawson has 14 points on five assists on 6-of-11 shooting. Kosta Koufos -- getting the start at center for the injured Nene -- has eight points through three quarter.

This is Denver's fifth game in six nights.

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Nuggets Vs. Bucks Score Update: Denver, Milwaukee Tied At Half

The Denver Nuggets trailed by as many as nine points during the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, but a last second tip-in by forward Danilo Gallinari gives Denver a 48-48 tie at halftime. Gallinari has a team-high 13 points after one half thanks to the forward's ability to get to the foul line, finishing 6-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Ty Lawson has 10 points and three assists in the first half on 4-of-7 shooting. Corey Brewer (seven points) and Al Harrington (five points) have contributed off the bench.

Related: VIDEO: Danilo Gallinari Misses Game-Tying Layup In Nuggets Vs. Lakers Game

The Bucks have rode balanced scoring throughout. Stephen Jackson leads the way with nine points. Rookie big man Jon Leuer has eight points on 4-of-4 shooting.

Each team has struggled from the three-point line. The Nuggets are 3-of-10 from behind the arc, while Milwaukee is 2-of-7.

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Nuggets Vs. Bucks Score Update: Milwaukee Leads By Six After One Quarter

The Denver Nuggets are looking for their second straight win after a quality home win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, but they trail the Milwaukee Bucks 30-24 after the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. While Denver's offense looked fluid in the first quarter, coach George Karl won't be happy with his team's defense.

Ty Lawson scored eight points on 3-of-4 shooting to lead the Nuggets. Recent pick-up Corey Brewer earned some rare playing time and glided in for an impressive one-handed dunk during a stint that saw him score five points (on 2-of-2 shooting) in under two minutes of play.


Related: VIDEO: Danilo Gallinari Misses Game-Tying Layup In Nuggets Vs. Lakers Game

Veteran guard Stephen Jackson scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting to lead the Bucks. Rookie big man Jon Leuer came off the bench to score six points on 3-of-3 shooting.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Bucks blog Brew Hoop. Check out SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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Bucks Vs. Nuggets: Mike Dunleavy Out Due To Illness

According to the Post's Chris Dempsey, Milwaukee Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy is going to sit out Monday night's game against the Denver Nuggets because of illness:

Milwaukee F Mike Dunleavy (illness) will not play tonight vs. Nuggets. Carlos Delfino starts in his place.

The 10-year veteran forward has started all three games for Milwaukee this season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per outing. It's his first season with Milwaukee after four-plus seasons with the Indiana Pacers.


Related: Bucks vs. Nuggets: Back-to-back-to-back ... Jack (7pm MST)

Carlos Delfino has appeared in only one game for the Bucks this season, but in that appearance he scored 15 points and pulled down six rebounds. He started 106 games for the team over the prior two seasons.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Bucks blog Brew Hoop. Check out SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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Nene Hilario Injury: Nuggets Forward Will Sit Out Monday Night's Game

On Monday evening, the Denver Nuggets announced that forward Nene Hilario will not play in the team's Monday night game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Nene has a bruised foot, and with the Nuggets playing their third game in as many days, the team has decided it best to err on the side of caution. The injury does not appear to be severe:

Nuggets big man [Kosta Koufos] will start for Nuggets tonight vs Bucks. Nene out with bruised foot. Karl says Nene is day-to-day.

Karl offered the starting spot to Al Harrington, but the two apparently agreed that the bench rotation is running too smoothly to change at the moment.


Related: Bucks vs. Nuggets: Back-to-back-to-back ... Jack (7pm MST)

Koufos has appeared in two games and logged a total of 11 minutes for the Nuggets this season. The fourth-year big man has averaged 3.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game over the course of his NBA career.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Bucks blog Brew Hoop. Check out SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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Bucks Vs. Nuggets Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets host the Milwaukee Bucks to close out a back-to-back-to-back set of games.

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