Nuggets defense clamps down in third quarter of win over Hornets

The Denver Nuggets emerged victorious in a thrilling game against the short-handed Charlotte Hornets, with a final score of 102-95. The Nuggets, who were coming off a back-to-back game in Brooklyn, found their stride in the second half, particularly in a dominant third quarter performance where they held the Hornets to just nine points.

Led by Michael Porter Jr.’s 22 points and strong performances from Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, the Nuggets showcased their defensive prowess, preventing the Hornets from scoring for a remarkable 17 consecutive possessions. Despite a late surge from the Hornets in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets managed to secure their fifth consecutive road win through key defensive plays and clutch scoring.

Historically, the Nuggets have had a reputation for their offensive firepower, but in this game, it was their defensive resilience that ultimately sealed the victory. Head coach Michael Malone commended the team’s efforts, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a high level of play.

One notable aspect of the game was the Hornets’ struggle with rim protection, allowing the Nuggets to exploit their interior defense. This allowed the Nuggets to turn the tide in the paint and ultimately come out on top.

Overall, the game highlighted the Nuggets’ versatility and ability to adapt to different styles of play, showcasing their potential as a formidable force in the league.

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