Nuggets Pistons 3 takeaways Denver's 107-103 win Detroit
Denver Nuggets win against Detroit Pistons with a 107-103 victory, despite early ejections of Michael Malone and Nikola Jokic.
The Denver Nuggets are currently sitting in second place in the Western Conference with a 10-4 record, trailing only the Minnesota Timberwolves. They recently secured a 107-103 win in Detroit, and here are three key takeaways from the game:
Firstly, Reggie Jackson stepped up in a big way, playing his best game in place of Jamal Murray. With Nikola Jokic out for most of the game, Jackson ran the point almost perfectly, finishing with 21 points, six assists, and a clutch free throw. His strong performances will be crucial as the Nuggets don't expect Murray to return to the court anytime soon.
Secondly, there were concerns about the officiating, as both head coach Michael Malone and star player Jokic were ejected from the game. The Nuggets need to find a better way to address these concerns without having their star players miss time on the court.
Lastly, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Christian Braun made significant contributions, with Caldwell-Pope showcasing his defensive prowess and Braun continuing to score consistently. Their efforts were crucial in securing the win for the Nuggets.
The game itself saw the Nuggets overcome a slow start and a two-game skid to secure the victory. Their defense was solid for most of the game, with standout performances from Caldwell-Pope, Peyton Watson, Reggie Jackson, and Zeke Nnaji. However, Jokic's ejection made the game tougher than expected, and other players had to step up to secure the win.
In the end, the Nuggets managed to come out on top, with key defensive plays from Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, and Caldwell-Pope sealing the victory. Their next game is on the road in Orlando as part of a five-game road trip.