The Denver vs. Indiana game on Tuesday, Nov. 9 was not pretty. Indiana scored 144 points in regulation, including 54 points in the third quarter alone on their way to a 144-113 win. The one-sided outcome was not really expected, but it showed how good Indiana point guard Darren Collison really is, as he went for 29 points in the victory. The starters for both teams didn’t play much in the second half, and they didn’t need to, as the Indiana Pacers absolutely crushed the Denver Nuggets.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 20 points and Brandon Rush scored 16 points for the Pacers, made even more remarkable by the fact that they were coming off the bench. The leading scorer was Mike Dunleavy, who ended up with 31 points on 9-13 shooting from the field. On the night, Indiana ended up 56-87 from the field, shooting 64.4%, and almost going the entire third quarter without missing a hot. They ended up with 37 assists for the game as well, showing just how great their ball movement was against Denver.
This is not the type of game that the Nuggets want to have right now, especially when they are trying hard to keep Carmelo Anthony interested in re-signing with them. The Nuggets defense was almost non-existent though, and it is quite clear that the team is showing some weaknesses in this early part of the season. With the loss, the Nuggets fell to 4-4, and the Pacers were able to improve to 3-3 in 2010 with the nice home win. The fans that paid for admission on Tuesday night definitely got their money’s worth from that show.