Suns vs Nuggets, NBA: Denver dismisses Suns challenge

Suns vs Nuggets, NBA: Nikola Jokic and Deandre Ayton

NBA, Suns vs Nuggets: Nikola Jokic leads Denver to a victory over the last season’s runner-up, Phoenix Suns 115-98. Will Barton gave the needed support to Jokic scoring 20 points.

Nothing to seperate in the first half.

Denver Nuggets jumped to a 10 points lead at the end of the first quarter. Nikola Jokić led the way with 10 points and four rebounds in the quarter. Aaron Gordon chipped in with eight points and two assists. however, sticky Suns won’t go away easily. They initiated a comeback to cut the deficit to just 6 points.

Phoenix Suns vs Nuggets Denver
Phoenix Suns vs Nuggets Denver

Continuing this momentum Suns gave a much better second-half performance outscoring Denver Nuggets 38-25. Denver Nuggets’ second unit failed to perform as their starting unit to open the gates for Suns to come in. The half ended with the Suns leading by 7 points.

Denver Nuggets were everywhere in the second-half of Suns vs Nuggets.

Outscoring the host by 10 points in the third quarter, Nuggets looked set to get going. They used an 18-3 run to regain the lead as their parameter shooting improved. If Suns didn’t have that late 9-0 run, the lead have been larger but that show cut down the lead to just 3 points.

It seemed that the host will bounce hard in the ultimate quarter but they blew it. Giving away open shots, while unable offensively to rotate the ball. Muscling their way to win the quarter 25-16.

Suns vs Nuggets, NBA: Nikola Jokic and DeAndre Ayton
Nikola Jokic and DeAndre Ayton

Nuggets double digit fury.

Six players from the Denver Nuggets were in double-digit. While Monte Morris misses out with one point short of his double-digit.

For Suns, seven players scores double-digit, however, lacked a leader to take them to win. Devin Booker had a rough night scoring only 12 points.

The efficiency was a big problem for the Suns as they struggled to make the shot fall. With just 41.4% field goals and 37.8% 3 point rate, they were rusty in their shooting.

On the other hand, Denver were 53% field goals and a 43.6% 3 point rate, they were superior on that perspective. However, they failed to make 4 of 9 free throws and the Suns converted 12 from their 17 attempts.

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