Timofey Mozgov came off the bench and put up 17 points and registered 20 rebounds, his 2nd double-double of the season, to lead the Denver Nuggets to a blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets, 111-87. The Nuggets shot 43-85 (50.6%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 17 boards. Denver (11-6) has now won 7 consecutive games, dating back to a 97-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls on November 21st.
Mozgov went 6-9 and went 5-5 from the free throw line, in a solid outing. Denver also got solid performances from Kenneth Faried with 15 points and 7 rebounds, Ty Lawson with 13 points and 6 assists, and Darrell Arthur with 10 points and 5 rebounds. On 8-15 shooting (1-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-5 from the free throw line, Joe Johnson put up 22 points for Brooklyn in the loss.
In a showdown of statistical strengths, the offense of Denver won the turnover battle against the defense of Brooklyn that forces the league's fourth-most errors (opponents' TO% of 18.9%). The Nuggets ended this contest with a TO% of 11.0%, and make the fifth-fewest mistakes in the league this year (TO% of 14.0%). The Nets posted an eFG% of just 41.3%, including 12.5% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-5 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Nuggets are undefeated (3-0) when holding their opponents to such low percentages.
Brooklyn (5-13) couldn't get consecutive victories after beating Memphis on Saturday.
Coming up, the Nuggets square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 5-12 on the season. The Nets go up against the New York Knicks, currently sitting at 3-13 this year.