Carmelo Anthony led all Nuggets in scoring by posting 25 points in 27 minutes. He was complimented by J.R. Smith and Linas Kleiza both scoring 18 and Earl Boykins and Andre Miller also chipped in with 15 each. J.R. Smith was a respectable 4-8 from three-point land and his counterpart Linas “The Menace” was 3-5 from downtown.
The defensive monster for the Nuggets was, guess who, Marcus Camby. Marcus squeezed ten rebounds, rejected six shots, and swiped two steals in a meager twenty minutes of playing time. Nene did not play, and Kenyon Martin made a small splash with eight points and eight rebounds, but was a confusing 0-3 from three point range. Maybe there was some entertaining going on for the good folks in Monterrey, but I do not think that Kenyon Martin is the guy the Nuggets want bombing from long range.
Anthony Roberson torched the Nuggets for a game high 28 points and had a side kick in Baron Davis who scored 18 and dished for seven assists. This loss should sting for the Nuggets. They will have until Wednesday of next week to think about it and get the kinks worked out before they host the Indiana Pacers at the Pepsi Center.
The game was back and forth with the Nuggets trailing by as many as eleven at halftime due to a 41-point second quarter explosion by the Warriors. When all was said and done, the Nuggets turned the ball over three more times than G-State, shot a worse three-point and overall field goal percentage, had less total team rebounds, and were bettered by one assist. Not the outcome I really wanted, but hey, not the end of the world either.