Gerald Green was the star of last night's game as he dropped a game-high 36 points, hitting six three pointers and leading his team to victory. Phoenix demonstrated a strong team effort as they had six different players get into double digits, as the Nuggets only had four. The high point man for the Nuggs was Evan Fournier with 25 to accompany his eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. He made a variety of shots when the Nuggs needed him most, but unfortunately they weren't enough to help his team triumph over their adversaries.
But this is a step in the right direction for the Nuggs as they lost their previous four games by a combined score of 110 points. They truly showed incredible resolve and fortitude; fighting their way into overtime against a team who is quickly on the rise to the trip. As Phoenix is 10 games above .500 and currently holding the six spot in the West.
However, last night's loss marked their fifth in a row on a return from their four game road. Their lack of confidence is surely due to the loss of their star point guard, Ty Lawson. Lawson has not played in three consecutive games due to a fractured left rib. Hopefully their leading point, assist and steal man can return soon, or the Nuggs could see their playoff hopes slowly slipping away.
The Nuggets currently hold the 11th spot in the West, but with 30 games left to play, anything can happen. Sitting six and 1/2 games back from the coveted eight spot, the Nuggs will have to work exponentially harder to garner that last playoff spot.
The real question is who will step up in Lawson's absence? Will it be Wilson Chandler? Randy Foye? J.J. Hickson? Only time will tell.