Timofey Mozgov came off the bench and finished with 16 points and registered 15 rebounds, his 1st double-double of the season, to lead the Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Toronto Raptors, 112-98. The Nuggets took quality shots in this game, finishing 44-87 (50.6%). Denver (10-6) is now on a 6-game winning streak, dating back to a 97-87 win against Chicago Bulls on November 21st.
Mozgov finished 6-12 and converted 4-6 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Denver were Nate Robinson with 23 points and 5 assists, Ty Lawson with 16 points and 6 assists, and Kenneth Faried with 12 points and 12 rebounds. On 10-23 shooting from the field and 3-4 from the free throw line, Rudy Gay scored 23 points for Toronto in the loss. Jonas Valanciunas contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Lowry finished with 17 points and 7 assists, and DeMar DeRozan put up 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 56.3%, the Nuggets connected at a rate of 43.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (3-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Raptors are winless (0-2) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Toronto (6-10) has now lost 3 straight games.
Coming up, the Nuggets square off against the Brooklyn Nets, who are 5-12 on the season. The Raptors go up against the Golden State Warriors, currently sitting at 9-8 this year.