Flashback: Denver Nuggets full an ideal highway journey, beating Indiana Pacers 113-103

The Denver Nuggets won three times in a row on the road tonight and wanted a perfect 4-0 on the road with a win over the Indiana Pacers. They got off to a good start and their big three Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. delivered again. Indiana fades back to back late on a second night of a back-to-back and spoils good games from Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. Denver wins 113-103 and heads for the all-star hiatus.

The nuggets let things roll out the gate behind Will Barton and Porter Jr., draining three each time. Denver took a 13-2 lead before Indiana found some momentum. They also had some lucky breaks, including a turner bench three, rattling off a 15-0 run to take the lead and force coach Michael Malone on time out. The run reached the 17-0 before Monte Morris finally got a basket, which didn’t stop the vanished act of defense that Denver was conducting. It got tighter as the quarter progressed. Denver was able to clamp everyone except Sabonis, who held the Pacers in front. However, the nuggets strongly closed off the neighborhood and withdrew one by one.

PJ Dozier gave Denver the bank life to start the second. First he knocked down a three and then a midfielder followed to bring Denver back into the lead. The nuggets were back on track, especially with their pass which was superb and resulted in a high percentage of glances on the edge. Denver had the lead except for seven, but they were still fighting to keep the Pacers on the offensive glass that kept Indiana within striking distance. When the Denver starters got back on their offense they strangely stalled a bit, but Indiana was really cold off the ground, apart from a few second chance points (again) there wasn’t much to be said for Indy’s offensive. Denver found their range of three with half a tie to the end, a Joker three brought them to twelve by just over two minutes. Indiana got some life at the end of half and pushed back, but after two quarters they were still behind by nine.

Denver was sloppy to start the second half, but it didn’t hurt because the Pacers still couldn’t seem to get the lid off the edge. The game was still sloppier than Joe. The quarter went ahead, with Denver leading by around ten points. The sloppiness eventually caught up with them and Indiana made a 14-2 run to tie the game and force Malone on time out. Jokic really struggled during the night, but he started finding a groove with his passport and got some simple buckets for his teammates. Along with Dozier and Vlatko Cancar, this sparked a run to improve the nuggets by eight. Indiana was really struggling to get good possessions together on their end, which kept the Nuggets leadership from getting smaller. At the end of the third quarter, Denver was up eight.

Denver’s offense boiled on to start the fourth, keeping them in front. Not wanting to go quietly, however, the Pacers found a way to line up some baskets to keep the nuggets from closing at the beginning of the fourth. Not deterred by a win, Porter began knocking down a couple of threes, bringing the lead to fourteen. About halfway through the quarter he put out a Malcolm Brogdon layup with a beautiful block that led to a Murray Dunk, and it felt like that was the nail in the coffin. Even so, Indiana gave him one final push and came back within eleven minutes, two minutes from the end. Denver slowed things down to keep the Pacers playing against the clock and they couldn’t get over it. Denver wins 113-103

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