While the Denver Broncos failed to help extend their season into the post-season with a home loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night, the Denver Nuggets have become the hometown favorites.
Though basketball and football are worlds apart, the positive emotion that comes with being a fan in the Mile High City, stems mostly from the Broncos will to win each year. This year, though games were close, a certain component was amiss when watching the Broncos.
That same component that fans have all grown accustomed to appreciate is now on display from the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are a gritty bunch of youngsters and veterans who seem unstoppable when the team is collectively “ballin”.
On Sunday’s game, the Nuggets were vying for the top spot in the Western Conference and had the top team from the Eastern Conference in their building. Their mission? To remove any doubt about their position in the Western Conference.
The Denver Nuggets hosted the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at Pepsi Center in front of a full crowd. The Nuggets kept pace with Toronto in the first quarter despite a plethora of injuries the teams sustained over the past month.
In the second quarter the Nuggets were out hustled 24-16 heading into the half down by 8. The Nuggets pulled within 4 by the end of the third quarter and then the Nuggets just went off, going on an 18-2 run, taking the lead and the win 95-86.
Center Nikola Jokic scored 26 points and had 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Nuggets guard Jamal Murray ended the night with 19 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
The Denver Nuggets host the Dallas Mavericks this week, before heading to L.A. and San Antonio to face the Clippers and Spurs.
In other sports the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars on Saturday night at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche scored 3 points in the first period and added another in the second and two more in the third capping off their first win in four games.
The Avalanche have had a rocky start to the month of December losing four of seven.
Colorado is third in the National Western Conference standings four points behind the conference-leading Winnipeg Jets who the Avalanche lost to last month 2-5. This week the Avalanche are at home to host the New York Islanders, the Montreal Canadians and the Chicago Blackhawks.