Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

It's gut-check time for Denver as Nuggets visit Pacers

It's gut-check time for Denver as Nuggets visit Pacers

The Nuggets want that final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Gary Harris scored 21 points for Denver, Will Barton had 20 and Wilson Chandler scored 18.

Jokic finished with 16 points, including a power move on LeBron James that all but sealed the win, and also had 10 rebounds as Denver beat the Cavaliers 126-113.

LeBron wasn't the only star to be roasted by the Serbian sophomore on the low block.

James was asked how his individual defensive effort stacked up on a night where he registered a plus-minus of minus 30 in 34 minutes. "We've got to be more physical". It ain't about no group. "You can't preach toughness; you've got to have it".

What James was saying in the above quote - because he's made the same point before - is Cleveland's issue on defense was not about helping teammates or communicating.

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Denver cooled off in the second half with just 53 points, and the Cavaliers actually kept them in relative check from the floor - the near 60 percent clip had dropped down 46.8. Behind the passing-savant Nikola Jokic, Denver has found their winning recipe by becoming the most efficient offense in all of the National Basketball Association since re-inserting Jokic into the starting lineup. "It says that we're a team that has a lot of talent, that we believe in each other, we believe in the process that we're embarking upon and that great things are in store for us, whether that's this season, whether that's in the future".

"We've been playing with a certain type of confidence the last few weeks and I feel like we're clicking right now", said Harris, who is averaging 20.3 points over the last six games.

Coach Tyronn Lue pointed to a play with 3:10 in the third quarter, when Jameer Nelson knocked Kyrie Irving over while Irving was trying to dribble up the court.

"They played an exceptional game", James said. They got offensive rebounds, whatever they wanted, and we've got to be better than that. "It kind of gives us that edge over the opposing team". "We've got to take the one-on-one challenge more seriously". We got our butts kicked today, and it starts today.

But what was clear is Lue (and James) believe the problem on defense was the players not really wanting to play it. They have its best record, its best point differential, its best player and its best Big Three. "Because at the end of the day, I'm the man in the middle, so I got to make sure I bring that toughness, and if it's being questioned, I got to pick that sh*t up". "We've got to be more, just do more. They can put points on the board, and we've got to be ready for that".

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