After dropping two of their last three to the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers last week, the Denver Nuggets were in need of a win at home against the league’s best, the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Nuggets faced a depleted Bucks’ squad with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, and point guards Eric Bledsoe and George Hill out for Monday night’s game. Despite Milwaukee’s best (no pun intended) sidelined, the Bucks’ bench made it a contest through three quarters.
Jamal Murray had a slow start in the fist half but by night’s end had one of, if not the best dunk of the year when he came off a pick-and-roll leaving the lane from the top of the key wide open, just before Milwaukee’s D.J. Wilson stepped into the lane to defend Murray as he soared to the basket dunking with conviction. The play got the entire Pepsi Center on their feet and will likely be considered the turning point in the game that was close up until that point.
While Murray may have produced one of the most viral dunks, he wasn’t the only one who had a huge impact on the game. Paul Milsap put up 20 points, with 10 rebounds to help the Nuggets beat the Bucks 109-95. Denver was 16 of 31 from three point land and almost perfect at the free-throw line with 11 of 12.
The Nuggets are in Dallas this week to face the Mavericks and Spurs before heading to L.A. to face the Lakers and retunr home to host the L.A. Clippers.
In other sports the Colorado Avalanche have now lost three of their last four to the Anaheim Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks, and now the Los Angeles Kings in L.A. last night. Despite the Avs’ losses they still hold a commanding lead over the Western Conference third place, Dallas Stars, although fans were hoping that Colorado might inch their way closer to the leading St. Louis Blues.
The Los Angeles Kings scored two goals on Colorado goalie Pavel Fracouz in the first period and nearly shut out the Avalanche until the third. The Avalanche are at home this week to host the New York Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks the Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the San Jose Sharks next Tuesday before heading to Nashville to face the Predators on Thursday.
The Colorado Rockies are inching closer to opening day and Spring fever is in the air. The Rockies beat the Cleveland Indians in Spring Training Sunday in Arizona. This week they will face the Cincinnati Reds the Chicago White Sox, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds in a double-header this Friday.
Colorado Rockies fans will have to wait until April 3 when they host the San Diego Padres for their home opener.