NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 5th
(All times Eastern)
Denver Nuggets (9-9) at Atlanta Hawks (9-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets will aim to create some momentum on the
road Wednesday evening as they visit an Atlanta Hawks team eager to get back
on the court following the end of their season-long winning streak.
The Nuggets open up a five-game road trip with this contest and at the end of
the trek will have played 17 contests as the guest this season compared to
just six at home. Denver is 5-1 as the hosting club but just 4-8 on the road.
Following a winless three-game trek, the Nuggets picked up a 113-110 victory
over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Monday. Corey Brewer led six Nuggets
players in double figures with 19 points, though Denver had to hold off a
The Nuggets carried a 14-point advantage into the fourth quarter and led
103-86 midway through the frame before the Raptors made their run. Toronto got
to within one, but Ty Lawson hit a clutch 3-pointer with two minutes to play.
"I am glad we ended that one. Going on this road trip with four losses in a
row would have been tough. I am glad we got a win and we are trying to get our
swag back," said Lawson, who ended with 16 points.
Kenneth Faried added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while JaVale McGee had 17
"We definitely need to close out better. This was the third game where we were
up 15 to 17 points and let a team come back," noted Lawson.
The Nuggets first test on their latest road trip comes against a Hawks club
that was less than a second away from posting a seventh victory in a row last
Friday. However, Cleveland's Alonzo Gee scored on a putback of Dion Waiters'
missed 3-pointer with .3 of a second left to hand Atlanta a 113-111 defeat.
Josh Smith led six Atlanta players in double figures with 25 points, while
reserve Lou Williams had 18 points. That included a game-tying 3-point bucket
with 13.6 ticks remaining.
"We really wanted to get this win, but they definitely came in and stole one,"
Al Horford had 15 points, 11 boards and five assists for the Hawks, who had
won the first two of a five-game homestand that ends on Friday against
The Nuggets have won four straight against the Hawks, but have lost three of
their last four in Atlanta and are just 3-18 as the road club in this series
since the 1989-90 campaign.
12/05 10:39:00 ET