NBA Game Summary - Denver at Toronto|
(Sunday, December 1st)
Final Score: Denver 112, Toronto 98
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate Robinson led the Nuggets' vaunted bench
with 23 points and Denver pulled away for a 112-98 decision over the Toronto
Raptors to earn their sixth straight victory.
Denver's reserves outscored Toronto's by a wide 72-16 margin, with Timofey
Mozgov and Darrell Arthur donating 16 and 14 points, respectively, in the win.
"Our bench has to give us something," implored Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.
"Our guys have to get tougher defensively."
Mozgov also grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds while Kenneth Faried finished
with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Nuggets, who shot 51 percent
from the field and made 10 3-pointers.
Rudy Gay netted a team-high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas tallied 18 points and
11 boards, and DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry added 17 points apiece as Toronto
finished its disappointing four-game homestand with three straight losses.
The Nuggets shook off a slow start and led the entire fourth quarter, pulling
away when Robinson drained a pair of back-breaking 3-pointers on consecutive
possessions with under two minutes remaining to give Denver a 107-96 cushion.
The Raptors jumped out to a 27-12 lead eight minutes into the game but
proceeded to score a mere 18 points the rest of the half.
Denver's bench pulled the Nuggets within 31-25 heading to the second quarter,
and Ty Lawson's bucket in the final minute gave the visitors a slim 47-45 lead
at the intermission.
"We got off to a sluggish start. ... It was all about our second unit,"
Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said.
There were 10 ties and four lead changes in a back-and-forth third quarter,
which ended with Arthur picking DeRozan's pocket in the backcourt and putting
in a layup for a 76-72 Nuggets advantage.
The Nuggets have made eight-or-more 3-pointers in eight straight games to
extend the longest streak in franchise history ... Denver opened a six-game
road trip Sunday and will next visit the Nets on Tuesday ... Lawson netted 16
points with six assists ... Denver had 18 fastbreak points to Toronto's seven.
12/01 15:55:22 ET