After winning three of four at home, the Nuggets went 1-3 on the road closing out their road trip this weekend. The Nuggets, first stop was last Tuesday in Boston, which proved disastrous for the Nuggets as they were outscored in each period of the game. Nikola Jokic’s 45 points and Jamal Murray’s 25 points were the only productive contributors aside from Facundo Camazzo who chalked up anther 15.
The Nuggets were in the nation’s capital on the following night to face a streaking Washington Wizards who were coming off wins over the Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics. The Nuggets came out strong in the first period outscoring the Wizards 41-24, but the Wizards came out and outhustled the Nuggets leading Denver, 70-64 at the half. The Nuggets fought back to within two but couldn’t closeout on the road.
The Nugget’s third and only win of a four-game road trip was in Cleveland where the Nuggets beat the Cavs dominantly 120-103. The Nuggets’ fourth and final game of their road trip was in Atlanta to face the Hawks on Sunday evening. The Nuggets again, came out strong in the first quarter outscoring the Hawks 33-27. By halftime the Nuggets had given up their six-point lead and were now trailing the Hawks 64-56. By the end of the game the Hawks maintained their 8-point half-time lead beating the Nuggets 123-115.
This week the Nuggets are at home Tuesday and Thursday to face the Portland Trailblazers and the Washington Wizards. The Nuggets closeout the month of February on the road in Oklahoma, to face the Thunder, then head to Chicago to face the Bulls.
In other sports the Colorado Avalanche kicked off a four-game series with the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Game one was a defensive goalie battle that went Las Vegas’ way 1-0. Game two took place in Las Vegas last Tuesday where the Avalanche scored goals in each period, beating the Golden Knights 3-2. Game three was played in Lake Tahoe at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort on Saturday afternoon where daylight made it difficult for ice maintenance crews to keep up with rapidly declining ice.
The game was eventually postponed for later in the evening when conditions would make it easier to maintain ideal skating conditions. The Colorado Avalanche also scored in each period outlasting the Golden Knights 3-2. Game three was played Monday night at Pepsi Center where both teams were scoreless in the first period before the Golden Knights jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of two and held their lead through the 3rd as Golden Knight’s goalie Marc-André Fleury was phenomenally blocking everything the Avalanche threw at him.
The Avalanche are on the road for the next five games starting in Minnesota to face the Wild this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for a single game. The Avs then move onto Arizona to face the Coyotes in a two-game series that begins this Friday before heading to California to face the Sharks in a two-game series that begins on Monday March 1st at 8:30 p.m.