Gerald Green had a career night against the Nuggets, finishing with 36 points. Of his career-high 36, 27 came in the second half and overtime. The final in Denver was 112-107 with the Suns coming back after going into the 4th quarter with a one point deficit. Phoenix played hard the whole game, with Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker, and Goran Dragic all finishing with double-doubles and heads up late game plays to clinch the victory.
Hard to imagine the surging Suns dropping this one to the Nuggets without Ty Lawson and Dragic dishing a season-high 14 assists to go along with 21 points. The Nuggets saw a big contribution from a usual suspect – Kenneth Faried putting up 21 points and 11 boards – and received a pleasant surprise from Evan Fournier scoring a career-high 25 points and 8 rebounds. Fournier’s performance helped to account for the missing Lawson and Randy Foye’s off night at the point. Foye was just 3-11 from the field and scored just 8 points while fouling out. Lawson should be returning soon for Denver though, which is good news for Nuggets fans.
Good news for the Suns came from all angles: winning a close overtime game on the road, breaking the Nuggets’ eight-game overtime home winning streak, a career-high in points from budding Gerald Green, a nice start after the All Star break for Markieff Morris (13 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 steals), and the return of versatile guard Eric Bledsoe out on the horizon.