On defense, the Nuggets allowed offensive rebounds to be cleared because of no fundamental defensive principles. As a group, they pitifully defended the three-point line. They pouted all night because of the refs and constantly felt bad about themselves instead of pulling themselves up by their bootstraps and playing basketball. Quite simply, the Nuggets played as if they were standing in the unemployment line waiting for a handout. In this league, it just doesn’t work that way. You have to earn a victory.
Offensively, the Nuggets were effortless until two minutes left in the fourth quarter when a sudden sense of urgency seemed to bring them back to life. Practically coming back from twenty down, the Nuggets got it as close as five with a three pointer and sneaky steal by Carmelo Anthony. Linas Kleiza provided a late surge, but it was too little too late. Even a 41 point fourth quarter couldn’t bring the Nuggets back after a third quarter collapse when they were outscored 35 to 15.