Michael Porter Jr scored his new career-best by dropping 39 points as Denver Nuggets beat shorthanded Houston Rockets. Nikola Jokic scored 24 as Nuggets are 13-3 in their last 16 games while dealing with a wave of backcourt injuries. Also, with the win the Denver Nuggets have swept the series against Houston Rockets.
The Houston Rockets, too, have been besieged by injuries and roster upheaval and only seven players logged playing time against the Nuggets. D.J. Wilson led Houston with 25 points, Kelly Olynyk had 21 and Kenyon Martin Jr. 18.
Denver Nuggets beat Houston Rockets as Michael Porter Jr blasts 39 points
The Denver Nuggets asserted themselves from the outset with Dozier and Porter setting the tone early by hitting 3 pointers in the opening minutes. Porter finished with eight.
A length of the court pass from Nikola Jokic to P.J.Dozier, who scored career best 23 points, resulted in a running dunk in the last second of the second quarter that gave the Denver Nuggets a 72-50 halftime lead. The Nuggets seem to be coping up well with Jamal Murray out and Michael Porter Jr being able to score significantly well.
Houston Rockets played the Nuggets evenly through the third quarter but still trailed 102-82 heading into the final period. The Rockets could make little headway into the deficit the rest of the way as the Nuggets began substituting freely midway through the final quarter.