J.J. Hickson put up his sixth double-double this season, scoring 19 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Denver Nuggets defeat the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-93. Denver (14-9) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Hickson finished 8-12 from the field, in a quality performance offensively. Other key performers for Denver were Wilson Chandler with 19 points and 5 rebounds, Ty Lawson with 12 points and 8 assists, and Kenneth Faried with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Anderson had another big game for New Orleans despite the loss, putting up 26 points on 10-21 shooting, including 2-7 from behind the arc. Jrue Holiday contributed 12 points and 7 assists and Eric Gordon finished with 10 points and 6 assists.
The efficient offense of the Pelicans did not have its best game, struggling to score against the stingy Nuggets defense that ranks fifth in the league with a defensive efficiency of 106.5. Despite scoring just .943 points per possession in this one, the Pelicans rank fifth in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 105.4.
Coming up, the Nuggets square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 19-4 on the season. The Pelicans match up against the Golden State Warriors, currently sitting at 13-12 this year. The Nuggets are 0-1 versus Oklahoma City this season. The Pelicans are 0-1 versus Golden State this season.