Red-hot Porter pushes Nuggets past Pacers

Agence France-Presse
Rookie Michael Porter Jr shoots a staggering 91.7% from the field as the Nuggets shake off a slow start against the Pacers

 

CAREER-BEST. Michael Porter Jr comes off the bench and delivers near-perfect numbers. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP  

LOS ANGELES, USA – Rookie Michael Porter Jr put on a shooting clinic, scoring a career-high 25 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 124-116 NBA victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, January 2 (Friday, January 3, Philippine time).

Porter came off the bench and connected on 11 of 12 shots from the field – a 91.7% success rate – as the Nuggets shook off a slow start and rebounded from a New Year’s Eve loss to the Houston Rockets.

“I felt really comfortable out there,” Porter said. “It’s amazing to start the year like this. It’s an amazing feeling and I have my teammates and coaches to thank.” 

The Pacers raced to a 14-point lead with 5:23 remaining in the 1st quarter, with the Nuggets’ efforts to get back on terms hindered by foul trouble for Nikola Jokic.

Denver wouldn’t take the lead until Gary Harris drained a three-pointer with 9:16 left in the 3rd to make it 73-72.

Porter poured in 10 points in the 3rd quarter and Jokic added 8 of his 22 points in the period as the Nuggets took a 92-88 lead into the final frame.

 

 

Denver opened the 4th on an 11-6 scoring run and the Pacers – led by Jeremy Lamb’s 30 points –couldn’t recover.

Jokic – forced into 3 fouls in just 8 minutes in the first half – scored 20 points in just 16 minutes after the interval to help the Nuggets notch their third win in 4 games.

They stayed in 2nd place in the Western Conference (24-10) – half a game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, who hosted the Detroit Pistons later Thursday.

“This was a really good win for us,” said Nuggets coach Mike Malone, noting that the Pacers were 15-3 on their home floor going into the contest. “I like how we responded after that tough loss in Houston.” – Rappler.com

 

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