The box score finally looks like we all have expected it to look since the beginning of the season with Allen Iverson continuing to play amazing basketball. The Answer finished with 35 points, 12 assists, and six steals to follow up his 51 point outburst against the Lakers the previous night. And the main difference from the loss to the Lakers the previous night was how the rest of the Nuggets supported their teammate. Carmelo scored 23 despite finishing 9-30 from the field, Kenyon Martin logged 18 points and seven rebounds, Linas Kleiza emerged from an ankle sprain that had his game derailed for over a week and scored a season-high 23 points, and Marcus Camby bounced back from a one dimensional game the night before to finish with 14 rebounds, eight points, and five blocks.
In addition to all the statistical help Iverson received, the Nuggets played a tremendously improved defensive game against the Mavericks. They out stole the Mavericks 13-3, out blocked them 6-3, and forced 18 turnovers resulting in 16 points and a 50% shooting mark from the field due to all the fast break opportunities that the D produced. Denver also, finally, did a good job taking care of the ball and only turned it over eight times.
A final note about this game was how George Karl only went three deep into his bench and played all of his starters (except Anthony Carter) 30+ minutes.
Denver is now 12-8 at the season’s 25% completion point and on pace to win close to 50 games, which is not bad for a Nuggets team that is still incomplete and inconsistent.