Nuggets look lost in New York, clobbered 109-93
The Denver Post
NEW YORK — Six minutes into the second quarter it was clear the Nuggets might be headed toward the history book.
They were missing every shot.
Three-pointers — missed.
Layups — missed.
A dunk — missed.
A couple of those shots were blocked, but mostly the Nuggets could not find the range to an epic degree. The only question left was whether they would have a field goal in the entire period. They did, barely.
Ty Lawson’s layup at the buzzer was the Nuggests’ only second quarter field goal in a 109-93 loss Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Denver was 1-for-16 in that fateful second quarter, losing the second quarter by 23 points (31-8) and missing 15 consecutive shots leading to a 62-39 halftime deficit. They were never able to recover and get back into the game.
With the loss the Nuggets dropped to 2-7.
A large part of the second quarter struggles had to do with the absence of Arron Afflalo. He was the Nuggets hottest shooter in the first quarter, going 4-of-5 from the field, all of them 3-pointers.
But he picked up his third foul in the second quarter and had to sit the remainder of the period. And when he left, the Nuggets shooting touch left with him. The misses piled up. Offensive possessions were jumbled. And for a while it seemed as if the Knicks weren’t going to take full advantage but their second unit had troubles of its own scoring.
But that didn’t last long once New York got its money guys back in the game — Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. Smith played one of his best all-around games this season, scoring a season-high 28 points, but was also a playmaker, setting his teammates up for easy looks.
Anthony was Anthony, scoring from all over to finish with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
The Nuggets, who shot 39 percent, were led by Afflalo’s 18 points.
The Nuggets play at Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night to finish this road trip. It is the first of their 21 back-to-back sets this season.
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