I was planning on watching this game, but when I checked and saw that Denver was up by more than twenty points and scored 72 in the first half, I knew it would just upset me to watch. The Nuggets played smothering defense and didn’t allow the Raptors to have a comfort zone. The Raps don’t play well when they’re frustrated. Denver is 9-0 against teams on the second night of a back-to-back, an interesting motive to the defensive pressure strategy which forced 23 Raptor turnovers, and is a strategy the Raps should look to borrow should they become competitive in the next few seasons. Kenyon Martin has apparently taken on a leadership role on the new-look Nugs, and he shows it with a swat on Bargnani to remember (it may have been goaltending, however). Bargs finished with a ho-hum 20 points, three rebounds, DeMar finished with 16 points and Alexis Ajinca came up big with 11 points and 9 rebounds. The Nuggets saw 7 players score in double figures including a game-high 23 from Ty Lawson. The Raptors need to regroup and remember what they did right in the Oklahoma game, before continuing with three more games on this Western conference road swing.
|"Ty Lawson scored a game-high 23 points in Denver's 123-90 win"|