As the Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 101-94 Saturday night, they've now won four out of their last six, including their last three in a row.
Unfortunately, the Nuggs have been out of the playoff race for some time now. And with every victory brings them further away from a high lottery pick in 2014 NBA Draft. However, victories of any kind are always a plus for team moral.
As for last night's game, it was no surprise who showed up as the star of the show. Kenneth Faried has been proving all season long why he is quickly becoming one of the best young players in our league today. And last night's contest was no exception. Putting up a monumental 21 rebounds to accompany his 24 points and five helpers; Faried carried his Nuggs to victory. He did it by helping them overcome a 10 point deficit in the first half and then outscoring the Jazz by 17 in the final two quarters. But you guessed it, it wasn't only Faried who decided to show up to play Saturday. And it was once again Randy Foye who decided to ride along side his star studded teammate on their way to victory. Tossing up 26 points, six assists and four rebounds of his own; Foye was a big-time contributor. And his three of four from downtown didn't hurt either. Foye has been on a streak as of late, bursting for 20 points or more in four out of the past five games. Even Evan Fournier got on the board with his 23 points contribution.
As for the Jazz, they seemed to have it all under control in the first half, only allowing the Nuggs to muster up a measly 34 points. But in the second half, all hell seemed to of broke loose as they gave up more than twice that amount, including a 37-point lapse in the fourth quarter. And in the end, it was the Nuggs who out-hustled their opponents on the boards and concentrated on their form from three; hitting five more three's than the Jazz. Enes Kanter was the only one who truly showed up to play for the Jazz as he posted number of 22 points and 14 rebounds, which was an exceptionally superior effort to the majority of his teammates. But like the Nuggs, this game had little effect on the outcome of the season for either team, as the Jazz will not being playing come mid-April either.
The Nuggs will round out the rest of the season with a match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers in L.A. and then a season finale at home against the Golden State Warriors. Let's hope the boys can end the season on a high note.