Denver Nuggets defeat Charlotte Bobcats 110-88


The Denver Nuggets took care of business at home by handing the Charlotte Bobcats their 20th loss of the season in blowout fashion. The Bobcats had to deal without injured guards Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson, and rookie Jeff Taylor struggled offensively in Henderson’s place  by shooting a horrendous 2-10. However, Taylor played well overall and continues to have a strong rookie season, as his defense was impeccable. Taylor stole the ball three times in the game and also added eight rebounds to finish second on the team in rebounds.

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Who was first on the team in boards? Byron Mullens, who hauled in 14 rebounds. He left the game late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, but the good thing is that X-rays turned up negative after a big 16-14 game with two blocks from the starting center.

Ramon Sessions was the most impressive player on the Bobcats with 32 points on 8-13 shooting, and he also added two steals. He played for nearly 3o minutes against Denver, as Henderson’s injury helped him receive those minutes. Sessions is capable of having 20-point outbursts such as this one, but sometimes I wish he was more consistent.

The Nuggets had seven players hit double figures, with Danilo Gallinari leading the team by putting up 16 points on an incredibly efficient 8-10 line. Kenneth Faried had nine rebounds and an impressive total of four assists for a big man, but it was Andre Iguodala who stole the show with an insane 15-8-8 stat line. Backup point guard Andre Miller had eight assists, while the starter, Ty Lawson, notched five.

The Bobcats didn’t play an awful game, but they were grossly inaccurate from three-point range and were outplayed by a team that was just playing on another level. The Nuggets shot over 50% in this game and had 36 assisted buckets. That kind of ball movement and efficiency is what makes Denver difficult to face on the road, and the 110 points from the Nuggets proves that point.

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