Knicks vs Nuggets: Team never stood a chance in 114-89 loss

The Denver Nuggets took the life out of the New York Knicks after a 114-89 beatdown. New York trailed 58-39 in Knicks vs Nuggets, which included getting outscored 31-17 in the second quarter. After a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Knicks needed a turnaround game but that never happened on Sunday. 

Main Knicks vs Nuggets Headlines

Julius Randle led the Knicks with 29 points and 10 rebounds but there was not a lot of production anywhere else on the team. Randle became the first player since Oscar Robertson to have at least 200 points, 115 rebounds, and 70 assists in his first 10 games of the season. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. 

Nuggets bench explosion

Three members on the Denver bench scored in double figures. That included PJ Dozier and Monte Morris with 12 points and JaMychal Green with 10 points. Along with 14 points from Gary Harris and 10 points from Paul Millsap in the starting lineup, the Nuggets didn’t have to worry about too much scoring. 

Downtown dead in Knicks vs Nuggets

As a team, the Knicks shot 6-of-21 from three-point range for a 28.6% shooting clip. Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Dennis Smith Jr., Immanuel Quickley, and Theo Pinson combined to shoot 0-of-8 from downtown. In a game where New York couldn’t buy points, the lackluster deep ball didn’t land in their favor. 

Denver owns New York

The Nuggets have won 19 of the last 24 meetings. The Knicks have not beaten the Nuggets since October 30, 2017, when they won by a score of 116-110. Since then, New York has lost six straight meetings. 

Knicks vs Nuggets Game Analysis & Commentary

The Knicks entered the game with the No. 2 ranked defense in the league in points allowed per game. The Nuggets ranked 23rd in the league, allowing close to 115 points per game. Instead, the Knicks looked like a junior varsity basketball team playing a pro basketball team. Finishing well below the mark is precisely the reason why the Nuggets managed to win. 

Three-point party in Knicks vs Nuggets

Outside the arc, the Nuggets did whatever they wanted. They took wide-open shots and made 15-of-35 attempts. Between Jokic, Harris, and Jamal Murray, there are some great shooters on the team. With lackadaisical defense, the Knicks looked silly defensively. 

Zero fast breakpoints

Despite the Nuggets committing 12 turnovers in the game, the Knicks didn’t take advantage. The team finished with zero points in the fast break. If you aren’t going to score in transition, it leaves everything up to the halfcourt. That didn’t go so well for the team. 

Looking ahead

The Knicks will have to rebound quickly. The team does not have an off night and will take on the Charlotte Hornets today (Monday). Both teams are 5-5. The Hornets are coming off a 113-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, where LaMelo Ball became the youngest player in league history to record a triple-double.