The Denver Nuggets are still downhill and without brakes with their sixth loss in a row when they fell before the reigning champions by 120 to 109. The Colorado ones are placed with a negative record (9-10) accusing the important absences of Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray.
In front, a Giannis Atentokounmpo imposed his authority with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists with an outstanding 10 of 13 in field goals; seconded by reserve Pat Connaughton with 20 points.
In the Nuggets the annotation was more distributed with Aaron Gordon (18); Will Barton (17); Facundo Campazzo (16) and Jeff Green and Monte Morris, both with 15.
“The only way to end this losing streak is for us to find a way to play defense,” noted an annoyed Michael Malone. “I think our guys are playing hard and we don’t have enough staff, but the reality is that in the last six games we are the 30th defense in the NBA. That is very far from the defense with which we started the season, “he explained.
“And if we continue to be the 30th defense in the league, this losing streak can last a long time,” added the coach.
Quite the opposite happens in the Bucks with five consecutive victories since the return to the parks of Jrue Holiday. The point guard is essential on Budenholzer’s scoreboard, and last night he registered 16 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds with +28 on the court with him, the best figure of his team along with Connaughton with +22.
“I can’t really give a reason, just that I feel very comfortable right now. We have been through a lot of difficulties at the start of the season, but that has helped us find our place, “said Holiday.
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