Published 1:18 a.m. ET Nov. 10, 2017 | Updated 2:58 a.m. ET Nov. 10, 2017
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Andre Roberson (21) defends towards Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) within the second quarter on the Pepsi Center.(Photo: Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports)
DENVER (AP) — In a good recreation down the stretch, there was no letting up by Emmanuel Mudiay and the Denver Nuggets.
Mudiay scored 10 of his 21 factors within the fourth quarter, together with the go-ahead Three-pointer halfway by the interval, and the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-94 on Thursday night time.
“What I like about our team tonight, when we were up in that fourth quarter, we didn’t play not to lose,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone mentioned. “We stayed aggressive. We kept the pressure on. That’s really big because I think when you get tentative down the stretch, that’s when things kind of fall apart. And I think Emmanuel was a big part of that attack, him, Paul (Milsap), Gary (Harris), Nikola (Jokic), they were terrific on both ends of the floor.”
Milsap added 17 factors and Jokic had 15 factors to go along with 11 rebounds for Denver. The Nuggets snapped a five-game shedding streak at dwelling to the Thunder, together with a 106-105 setback April 9 on a last-second Three-pointer by Russell Westbrook that eradicated Denver from playoff competition.
“We had a hard time beating that team last year and we all know that,” Malone mentioned. “So to pull a close game out against a talented team — they’re struggling right now but they’re a talented team — I don’t know if we win that game last year. It was just a heck of a win with great defense.”
Carmelo Anthony, who spent his first 7 1-2 years within the league in Denver earlier than being traded to the New York Knicks in 2011, had 28 factors to guide the Thunder, who acquired Anthony in a pre-season commerce. Paul George and Westbrook every added 13 factors for the Thunder, who misplaced their fourth in a row.
“Every season you go through adversity and right now we’re going through ours,” Westbrook mentioned.
Neither the Thunder nor the Nuggets had been in a position to acquire separation on the opposite in a tightly contested third quarter and the groups went into the ultimate interval tied at 75.
The recreation was tied at 82 when Mudiay linked on a Three-pointer with 7:35 remaining, triggering a 7-Zero burst by Denver.
Oklahoma City fought again to inside 93-90 however Milsap answered by changing a three-point play with 2:09 left to rebuild Denver’s result in six.
The Thunder bought no nearer than 4 factors the remainder of the way in which.
“They did a good job of keeping us off the boards in the first half,” Harris mentioned. “But we picked it up and we didn’t turn the ball over as much in the second half and we were able to close out the game. Emmanuel came off the bench and he made some key shots in that second half that definitely pushed us over the edge.”
Trailing by as many as 11 factors earlier, the Nuggets closed to inside 53-51 on the half on a driving layup by Milsap within the ultimate seconds of the second quarter.
Anthony had 15 of his factors within the first half to badist the Thunder keep their early edge.
The Thunder dropped to Zero-6 towards Western Conference groups this season. It’s the longest drought towards convention groups to begin a season within the group’s historical past. Said Anthony: “It could go two ways: We could let this sit in our heads and think about it or put it behind and move forward. That’s the beauty of this league and having so many games. I know we complain about back-to-backs but sometimes the back-to-backs are in our favor as players because you get to put that game behind you.”
ON THE RISE
The Nuggets have received six of their final eight video games and improved to 7-5 on the 12 months. It’s the primary time in six years they’re not less than two video games over .500 within the first 12 video games of a season. They opened Eight-Four in 2011-12.
Thunder: Westbrook was handled for a facial lower early within the recreation after taking an elbow to the face whereas guarding Nikola Jokic. The harm didn’t stop him from persevering with to play. … Beyond his influence on the ground, Anthony has confirmed to be a steadying affect within the locker room. “He’s got a world of experience and a world of wisdom to share with our guys,” coach Billy Donovan mentioned previous to the sport.
Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez stays sidelined indefinitely due to a bout of mononucleosis. He has missed the final 10 video games.
Thunder: Head dwelling to finish a back-to-back Friday night time towards the Los Angeles Clippers.
Nuggets: Wrap up a season-long six-game homestand on Saturday night time after they host Orlando.
NBA photograph of the day
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This materials is probably not printed, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.