NBA Summer League: Nuggets Beat Raptors, Improve To 2-0

Posted by Sean Stancill | Monday, July 14, 2008 | 0 comments »

Coming off a win against the Philadelphia Sixers, the Denver Nuggets hoped to continue their summer success.

Well, they did.

The Nuggets squashed the Raptors 90-79 to bring their NBA Summer League record to 2-0.

Point guard Taurean Green had a game high 17 points, and 4 assists, and Dahntay Jones had 16 points and 3 rebounds on 6-10 shooting.

Center Elton Brown continued his outstanding play, finishing with another double-double: 11 points and 10 boards, while other rookie Sonny Weems followed up a strong 17-point performance Saturday, with only 2 points on 1-7 shooting.

Joey Graham led the Raptors with 16 points, while John Lucas, Hassan Adams, and Sean Banks all had 11 apiece.

The game began with the Nuggets jumping off to an 11-2 spree, spearheaded with three pointers by Green, Bobby Jones, and Mike Hall.0

Jones scored 8 of his 10 points in the 1st, and Denver built on the lead, making it 28-14 at the end of the first quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, The Nuggets defense of old reared its ugly head, as Toronto outscored Denver 19-11 in the 2nd, to make it 39-34 Denver, going into intermission.

The 3rd quarter started and so did the increase of the Toronto Raptors will to win.

Toronto went on a 6-2 run early in the quarter, to limit the deficit; 42-40 Denver. Bobby Jones though went on a personal 7-0 run to push the lead back out of reach, 55-46. The Raptors responded by outscoring the Nuggets 12-6 capped off by a Lucas-Banks Alley-oop, to once again make it a one possession game, 61-58 Denver with 1:25 remaining.

Meanwhile, Taurean managed to keep Denver afloat, posting 14 points alone in the period and the Nuggets graciously took a four point lead into the final section, 67-63.

The 4th quarter proved to be the game deciding span.

The Raptors, however did tie the game up at 67-67 with 8:43 remaining, after a pair of Sean Banks free throws. But it was as close they got the rest of the way.

From that point on, The Nuggs outscored the Raps 23-12 to seal the game, and activated their inner Spurs; holding the opposing team without a field goal for a total of 6:08. From 9:44-5:44 and 5:44-2:52.

My analysis:

Taurean Green must have caught wind of my criticism and he delivered tonight.

If Green contiues to play like the way he did against the Raptors, it will be tough to deny him the starting point guard job.

Dahntay Jones continued his good play scoring yet again over the fifteen point plateau, and is certainly almost pressing for a spot on the team for the 2008-09 season.