Recap: Boogie shines in 116-101 home win

With Nikola Jokic struggling with “non-Covid illness,” DeMarcus Cousins ​​made his first start in a Denver Nuggets uniform. The Houston Rockets came into this game having lost 11 straight and dropped another. Will Barton entered this game behind JR Smith for all-time 3-pointers made by a Nugget by 1, he had also missed his last 16 three-pointers. The Nuggets kept the game closer than many expected, but won 116-101.

Thrill broke the record at the end of the 3rd quarter. But the history of this game was Boogie’s first 30-point game since January 2018. He led all scorers with 31 points, Cousins ​​also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, shot 10-14 and shot 3-4 from three. The Nuggets finished with 7 players with double-digit scoring. A good all-around game from the team that was capped off with a vintage performance from DeMarcus Cousins ​​and a new all-time 3-point record holder.

First quarter:

Boogie immediately made his presence felt by opening the game with a 3-pointer. He continues by playing a good defense which leads to a dunk from Jeff Green. The Nuggets started on a 7-0 run and the Rockets came back chasing an 8-0 run of their own. Boogie played very well in his early days on the floor. He ran on the floor, played physical defense, hit an open Monte Morris on an out pass, rebounded well, showed post-game and 2 fouls.

10 points in Boogie’s 1st quarter and at one point scored 7 straight for Denver. With Austin Rivers out Davon Reed and Facu Campazzo recording, Reed gets a steal almost immediately and Facu deflects a pass. The Nuggets went the last 2 minutes and 15 seconds without scoring, so the Rockets took a 26-25 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Second quarter:

Bones Hyland jumps the passing lane and gets a steal which results in Eric Gordon fouling him and giving up a clear lane foul. Facu enters Eric Gordons grid and deflects another pass, that’s what I missed from Campazzo. Facu also initiates the attack well, he called all kinds of plays and made very good passes. Reed comes in and hits a tough 3 pointer, the bench was playing really well in this game. The Nuggets had 6 dunks in 4 minutes during the second quarter.

A 13-4 run from the Nuggets extended the lead to 12. Boogie came back into the game and continued his dominating play, he had 14 points and 6 rebounds at halftime. The Rockets close the quarter on a 10-0 run and cut the lead to 5. Nuggets up 51-46 at halftime.

Third quarter:

Boogie recovers his 4th foul early in the quarter and Coach Malone chooses to trust him and keeps him in the game. Cousins ​​hit a three right after the foul, he showed no signs of letting up and continued to play at the same level until Coach Malone finally decided to pull him out. Monte Morris hits his first three of the game after starting 0-4 from anywhere on the court. Will Barton also finally gets a chance to drop, still a long way from tying the record three-pointer.

After an open dunk from AG, the lead was back to 13. Bones finds Will Barton on a pass behind the back for a lay-up, then Will Barton ties JR Smith’s record for most threes made by a Nugget .

Thrill hit one on the next possession and breaks the record. He just needed to see a shot go in. Bones is given a technical foul after contact from Kenyon Martin Jr. DeMarcus Cousins ​​connects on his 3rd three of the game, he was shooting 8/10 late in the 3rd quarter. 87-70 Nuggets up to start the 4th.

Fourth trimester:

The Rockets open on a 6-2 run to which Coach Malone responds by calling a timeout. Boogie had it all tonight, he showed shades of Sacramento Boogie. Facu and Bones had great chemistry on the pitch and really showed that they can coexist together on the pitch. The Nuggets take a 20-point lead with 7:30 to go in the 4th. After going up 20, the Nuggets begin to cool down and Jalen Green brings the Rockets down to under 12. The Rockets couldn’t capitalize on the late surge and ultimately lost the game.

We really love you Boogie.

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