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NBA: Nuggets overpower Knicks 92-129


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Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (L) dunks the ball past a defending New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (R). (EFE Photo)

 

New York, December 5 (EFE): Small forward Will Barton scored 17 points as the Denver Nuggets ran riot at the Madison Square Garden to trounce New York Knicks 92-129 on Thursday night.

 

The Nuggets had a balanced attack with eight players, including five reserves, posting double digit scores.

 

Power forward Jerami Grant and point guard Monte Morris, both of whom came off the bench, contributed 16 points and 15 points, respectively.

 

"We know the big impact we can do. Our energy has to be at a high level every time (...) we just have to defend, have fun and play with energy. That's our identity and that's what we are trying to do every single night," Spanish player Juancho Hernangomez, who scored 12 points - all from three-pointers - said in the post-game interview.

 

The Nuggets, who now have a 14-5 win-loss record, had its reserves contributing 74 points as they managed to bring an end to their two-game losing streak.

 

"The key to tonight's game was we went to our bench (...) Everybody contributed, everybody stepped up," said Nuggets coach Michael Malone reflecting on the game.

 

Center Mason Plumlee, who also came off the bench, emerged as a key player on the court posting a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds, besides also providing six assists.

 

For the home team, center Mitchell Robinson scored 17 points and the power forwards Marcus Morris and Bobby Portis contributed 10 each.

 

The Knicks lost their eight match in a row and now have a 4-18 win-loss record.

 

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