Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Denver Nuggets (12-12) play against the New Orleans Pelicans (20-20) at Smoothie King Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday December 8, 2021

Denver Nuggets 120, New Orleans Pelicans 114 (Final/OT)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Every one of Nikola Jokic’s 17 baskets tonight. pic.twitter.com/LZzR2Ig5FQ1:47 AM

Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Si alguno piensa que Markieff Morris y el @Miami Heat exageraron con su salida de @BallArenaDenver en camilla el 8 de noviembre tras el golpe que le propinó Nikola Jokic, el latigazo cervical le ha hecho perder 16 partidos. Hasta ahora. pic.twitter.com/JalTBvy2XX1:32 AM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
The Joker is a joke. Mentioned earlier this week that I’ll be interested to see if we get a more Dirk-like, score-first Nikola Jokic this season. Tonight, Jokic had 39/11/11 in DEN’s OT win vs NOP. But in the moments that mattered most, Jokic took over. Had 17 of their last 24. pic.twitter.com/bKjKX5DVXm1:21 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
NEW episode of Pickaxe and Roll, presented by @DKSportsbook:
My thanks to @TommyKnow303 for making his first appearance on the pod tonight. He has great timing. We talk about Nikola Jokić and other things from Denver’s OT win over New Orleans. denverstiffs.com/2021/12/8/2282…1:18 AM
Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Rookies on Wed
Scottie Barnes, 18 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Evan Mobley, 16 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 5 blk
Brandon Boston Jr., 27 pts, 2 reb, 4 stl, 5-8 3P
Herb Jones, 19 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Chris Duarte, 23 pts, 3 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl – 1:14 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Got to build on this.
Inside the locker room following tonight’s win ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/5buzUAxV4R1:00 AM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Needed a few extra minutes, but still secured the W.
nba.com/nuggets/news/n…12:42 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Numbers from tonight’s W 📊 pic.twitter.com/usU4ho1vde12:26 AM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
This might be the most incredible Jokic stat of the season.
Jokic is averaging 26.3 points per game on 63.3 eFG%.
If that holds up over the season, he would be the only player ever to score 26+ points per game with an eFG% over 63%.
Steph had an eFG% of exactly 63% in 15-16. – 12:20 AM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The Nuggets, despite their chaotic season thus far, are just 0.5 games out of the 5th seed and only one loss behind the 4th seeded Grizzlies.
The West is still wide open from seeds 4-11 which are only seperated by 3.5 games. – 12:09 AM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Just need to point out Nikola Jokic’s ridiculous stat line from tonight once again.
39 points
17-23 FG
11 rebounds
11 assists
He did not make a 3-pointer and only had 5 points from the foul line. Jokic just dominated everywhere inside the 3-point arc. – 12:04 AM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Pelicans lose to the Nuggets. Glass half full or half empty game for New Orleans? pic.twitter.com/UxbAEB1LWv11:51 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Bones Hyland said he played a ton of 2K in quarantine. He said he lifted weights. He ordered a ton of room service, and lots of french toast.
“Never again,” he said. – 11:44 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
🃏 17 of our final 24 points
🃏 11 points in OT
YOU CAN’T STOP HIM. pic.twitter.com/XcvE3T0xOL11:40 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Willie Green said Kira Lewis Jr. will get an MRI on his right knee tonight. Expects team will have an update on Lewis tomorrow – 11:33 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Bones Hyland is certainly excited about being out of quarantine and back with the Nuggets after a long day of travel.
“Never again,” he said. – 11:30 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
BI on his late foul against Monte Morris:
“It was a bad play for me. I can’t commit a foul at that point of the game. The (possession) before that I had another defensive foul. It was a lot of mistakes for me on the defensive end. … That definitely can’t happen.” – 11:29 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Herb Jones said the first thing he was gonna do when he got out of the interview was call Kira Lewis’ mom to get an update since he didn’t think Kira had his phone.
Both him and BI said they said prayers on the court when they saw Kira go down. – 11:28 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
JaMychal Green on Nikola Jokić: “I always expect for him to take over. I expect for him to win MVP again. He’s just the best big, he really is. He’s so skilled it’s crazy.” – 11:27 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
JaMychal Green on Nikola: “I feel like 2K gotta give him 99 in everything.” – 11:09 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Malone said he and JaMychal Green talked this morning.
“I just wanted to grab him, and let him know that I cared about him. It’s not easy going through what he’s going through.” – 11:05 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Willie Green says Kira Lewis will get imaging done tonight on his right knee and team will provide an update tomorrow. – 11:04 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Pure dominance from the MVP*
*AKA the best player in the world
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/0uxcyGnBkb11:04 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Final stats
@Jonas Valanciunas 27pts, 11reb
@Herb Jones 19pts, 7reb
@Brandon Ingram 16pts, 8reb
@Nickeil Alexander-Walker 15pts, 4reb
#Pelicans | @FanDuel pic.twitter.com/1Ui06Rji6610:59 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Willie Green on not doubling Jokic late:
“No matter what you do, guys like him, when they make their mind up, they can score. Our gameplan was to try and stay home with a lot of their guys and make him have to score.” – 10:58 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
High praise for JaMychal Green tonight from Coach Malone. Malone said he pulled him aside this morning and let him know how much he cares about him.
Said everyone in that locker room is routing for JaMychal because of his work ethic and toughness. – 10:54 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The m̶a̶n̶ ̶ MVP of the hour 🃏
Hear from Nikola following his dominant performance! pic.twitter.com/TNn8dRHrg110:53 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Overall theme of Willie Green’s press conference? “We shot ourselves in the foot.”
Re: not doubling Jokic later – Green said team wanted to make him beat them as a scorer. Pointed to his 9 first-half assists. Said they wanted to stay at home on everyone else. – 10:53 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Nikola Jokic tonight:
39 PTS
11 REB
11 AST
17-23 FG
It’s his 9th 30-point triple-double of his career, the most in NBA history by any center not named Wilt Chamberlain. pic.twitter.com/wV617dkEer10:53 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone on JaMychal Green:
“JaMychal and I, we talked this morning…I just let him know ‘we still believe in you’…they all want to see him have success and they know he’s going through it.”
Malone highlighted the hustle plays for Green tonight, including b2b charges. – 10:49 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Willie Green says Kira Lewis Jr. will get an MRI tonight. – 10:48 PM
New Orleans Pelicans PR @PelicansPR
Postgame Interviews (12/8 vs DEN):
Willie Green
Brandon Ingram
Herbert Jones
Jonas Valančiūnas – 10:44 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Feels GREAT being back in the Winner’s Lounge.
Come join!!!
🐴 Jokic carrying the Nuggets in OT (and regulation)
🦴 Bones is back
⛽️ Nuggets running out of gas?
youtube.com/watch?v=9k0zF1…10:44 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Nikola Jokic makes series of big plays and shots, lifting Nuggets to late 4Q comeback and eventual 120-114 win in OT over #Pelicans. Herbert Jones career-high 19 pts for NOLA; Jonas Valanciunas 27 pts, 11 reb. @PanzuraStorage postgame wrap: https://t.co/MLnZEl4Z4v pic.twitter.com/pRm5uTFSGx10:41 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
The Pelicans are now 1-9 this season in games that are within 5 points in the final 5 minutes. – 10:40 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Nikola Jokić.
That’s it. That’s the tweet. – 10:40 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
The Pelicans (still) have the worst record in the Western Conference. – 10:39 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Pulled out the W!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/uRkqDKzkuZ10:38 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they win their first OT game of the season over the Pelicans 120-114.
-Nikola with 39/11/11 on 17 of 23
-All starters were 36+ minutes tonight. B2B tomorrow
-JaMychal had a very good game
-Davon/Zeke split 9th and 10th man minutes pic.twitter.com/OCNgva6zj810:38 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic looked completely gassed in the 2nd half. He still takes Jonas Valanciunas to school in the post to help force overtime. He then scores Denver’s first 11 pts in OT.
Jokic’s final line: 39 pts on 17-23 shooting, 11 rebs, 11 asts. He was 17-20 from two-point range. – 10:37 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
This was a Nikola Jokic top 10 game in his career in terms of putting on a clinic on how to lead, how to close a game, and displaying a competitive nature he has never gotten enough credit for possessing. A triple double, & he scored 17 of the #Nuggets final 24 points in the win. – 10:36 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Final: Nuggets 120, Pelicans 114 OT
Valanciunas 27 pts & 11 rebs
Jones 19 pts
Ingram 16 pts
Jokic 39 pts, 11 rebs & 11 assts
Jokic comes up with an MVP level performance to steal this one away from the Pels late. He scored 11 of Denver’s 15 pts in OT. Tough loss for NOLA. – 10:36 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Tough fight. Back at it again on Friday. pic.twitter.com/I2ZPY2b5Ab10:36 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
FINAL: Nuggets 120, Pelicans 114 (OT)
– JV: 27p, 11r, 3r, 3b
– Ingram: 16p, 8r, 5a, 4s
– Herb: 19p, 7r, 3a, 2b
– Hart: 12p, 8r, 8a
– Graham: 12p, 5a, 3r
– NAW: 15p, 4r, 2a
Pels turn it over 25 times – fall to 0-3 when they turn it over at least 20 times. – 10:35 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
dont even care what his stats are this was such an unbelievably enjoyable Jokic game. these post moves look like he’s trying to juggle cinderblocks in quicksand and it has Valanciunas on the verge of rage-quitting. would not blame JV if he punts the ball to Kenner. – 10:35 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Nuggets-Spurs tip off in San Antonio in 22 hours. – 10:35 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
That’s exactly the type of grind-it-out win the Nuggets needed to get right. Defense was good in spurts, Jokic dominated all night, and the Nuggets came away with a road win to get back to .500. – 10:35 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Considering the circumstances, that’s a big win for the #Nuggets, who move to 3-2 on the road trip.
Jokic was, of course, ridiculous. – 10:35 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Final: Nuggets 120, Pelicans 114
Jokic had 39 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
New Orleans falls to 1-9 in “clutch” games this season. – 10:35 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
The best closer in the league. pic.twitter.com/vBkzPL9pDP10:34 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic is carrying the Nuggets right now. He is single handily beating the Pelicans. It’s incredible. Reminds me of how Miami LeBron took games over when he was young. – 10:30 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
HE’S UNCONSCIOUS
11 points in OT for Nikola – 10:29 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Jokic has scored all 11 points for Denver in OT. He’s got 39 points, 11 rebonds and 11 assists. What an unbelievable performance for the reigning MVP. – 10:29 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
11 points in overtime for Nikola Jokic.
And that’s a 39-point, 11-assist, 11-rebound triple-double to boot. – 10:29 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic has his triple double. He’s up to 37 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists with 80 seconds left in OT. – 10:28 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
JOSH HART AND1
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/zNEL3XDWqF10:28 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Triple-double for Joker in New Orleans as he has all 9 of Denver’s overtime points.
37-10-11 and counting. pic.twitter.com/jOo6dYtIh710:27 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
actually Nikola Jokic is good, folks – 10:27 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jokic vs Valanciunas is like watching an old school big battle. It’s impossible for either guy to be sped up. They play at a glacial pace and get what they want. It’s awesome. – 10:26 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
STOP IT NIKOLA – 10:26 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The last basket made by *not Nikola Jokić* was the Jeff Green alley-oop with 3:33 left. – 10:24 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
JV 💪
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/7uhAlo19cI10:23 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Jokic is taking over.
He’s scored the last 13 of the last 16 points for Denver and he has all 7 here in overtime. – 10:23 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
There is no developing a tolerance to watching Jokic play. It’s always spectacular when he’s on like this. – 10:22 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic up to 35 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds.
He’s got seven in OT. – 10:22 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The face that Josh Hart just made of pure defeat after Nikola grabbed that ball over him.. – 10:22 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Jokic is insane – 10:22 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Nikola is in takeover mode – 10:22 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Free basketball, everyone.
Pels lucky for two reasons.
1. Jokic’s shot spun around the rim before spinning out.
2. Definitely looked like JV got Jokic on the arm on the shot. – 10:17 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
TIME FOR SOME EXTRA BASKETBALL
Pelicans and Nuggets tied at 105 at the end of the 4th. – 10:17 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
soooooo soooo close – 10:17 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
That Jokic shot was down and somehow rattled out. The arc he put on that one was ridiculous. – 10:16 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
WOW.
The Jokic shot at the buzzer goes in and out. We’re headed to OT. – 10:16 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Jokic busted out The Sombor Shuffle to try to win the game. Ballsy. And it almost worked. – 10:16 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
JONAS TIES IT UP WITH 5.2 SECONDS LEFT pic.twitter.com/heKFgrPPMZ10:15 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Nikola hits New Orleans with the Jokie Doke for the late lead pic.twitter.com/BNdqxGh8nv10:15 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Valanciunas tips in a Graham miss to tie the game at 105 with 5.2 seconds left. Timeout Nuggets.
Good job by BI there getting off the ball once the double came. – 10:15 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans were hemmed in by the sideline, but Devonte’ Graham gets a layup on the rim. Jonas Valanciunas to the rescue with a tip-in for tie at 5.2 seconds – 10:14 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Pelicans get their first bucket since the 2:32 mark as Valanciunas tips back the miss.
105-105 with 5.2 to go.
Nuggets get the ball with a chance to win. – 10:14 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nikola Jokic is masterful backing guys down. No one has his footwork in the post. – 10:13 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Nuggets go on a 7-0 run wot take a 105-103 lead with 16.9 seconds left. A couple horrendous possessions from the Pels allow the Nuggets to take control here. – 10:13 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Ugh. #Pelicans led 103-98, but after Jokic and-one, Morris 3 FTs after being fouled on a trey, a NOP shot-clock violation and Jokic spinning layup, Den 105-103 at 0:16 left – 10:13 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
The footwork from Jokic is so impressive – 10:12 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
What a move by Jokic in the post. Pels let him go 1-on-1 with Valanciunas and Jokic gets the bucket to go.
Nuggets – 105
Pelicans – 103
Pels ball with 16.9 to go. They just used their last timeout. – 10:12 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
NIKOLA FOR THE LEAD – 10:12 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Tied at 103 with 57.6 seconds remaining…
Buckle up. – 10:11 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Official Zach Zarba says Ingram walked up under Jokic so the challenge is unsuccessful. Ingram’s foot was moving – but it seemed close.
Pels with a 103-100 lead with 1:29 left and just one timeout. – 10:09 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
New Orleans loses the challenge. Huge swing. Jokic to the line. – 10:08 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Terrible. Brandon Ingram was there. Should be a charge on Jokic. – 10:08 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jeff Green just hopped off the court without putting pressure on his right leg. He just came out of the game. – 10:05 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Jeff Green gets hurt. Facu comes in for him. That’s a ballsy move by Malone. – 10:05 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Jonas Valanciunas and Jeff Green looked like they knocked knees there.
Green got the worst of it. He hopped right off the court and to the sidelines behind the bench. – 10:03 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Jeff Green is hurt. Hobbled off the floor on that Valanciunas drive.
Facu checks in. – 10:03 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Herb Jones is a safe jersey buy. Dude is just good – 10:00 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Herb Jones with a floater to give him 18 points tonight, a new career-high – 10:00 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
That’s a career-high 18 points for Herb Jones. – 10:00 PM
Eliot Clough @EliotClough
NOTHING is better than a Pelicans player yamming a dunk and @adaniels33 yelling “OHHHHHHHHH”
pic.twitter.com/oYBD3kXszM9:59 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
By the way, that’s 54 points in the paint for the Pelicans. – 9:57 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Game slipping away from the #Nuggets. First Jokic gets posterized, then he launches an airball from 3. Valanciunas bucket at the other end, and Malone calls one of his patented timeouts (in that he calls it over, and over and over again, even though it’s already been granted). – 9:57 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
It’s been settle city for Denver in the second half. – 9:57 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
With 16 points, Herb Jones is one point shy of tying his career high and produced a big early-career highlight with a dunk over Jokic – 9:56 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Herb Jones. Pretty good pick at 35. – 9:56 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
HERBERT JONES OMG
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Jake Madison @NOLAJake
But Herb Jones’s jersey in the rafters after putting Jokic on that poster. What a highlight for the rookie 2nd round pick – 9:55 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Jokic, Morris, AG are about to check back in. Later than usual for those guys. – 9:53 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Denver down to 30.8% from 3 on the game. – 9:53 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
To be perfectly frank, JaMychal Green has been good tonight overall, and the bench has been good enough to win. – 9:50 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
I don’t think I’d bring Jokic back just yet. Try to buy one more minute. – 9:50 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I am puzzled at the lack of Bones/Nnaji pick and rolls off the bench. The pressure Nnaji puts on the rim paired with Bones’ offensive repertoire can bend opposing defenses and they need that. – 9:49 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
WILLY GOT IT
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/VAUsFmOliA9:48 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans have only played in 9 clutch games this season out of 26. Last season they played in 39 clutch games out of 72 – 9:44 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Gut check 4th quarter for the Nuggets. Someone on the bench has to step up and buy the starters an extended rest. – 9:43 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Close after 3. Let’s finish it up 💪 pic.twitter.com/ghvbtC8hXb9:42 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
sooooo close 😅 – 9:42 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 3rd: Nuggets 80, Pelicans 77
Valanciunas 19 pts & 8 rebs
Ingram 16 pts & 7 rebs
Jones 11 pts & 6 rebs
Nuggets made a 3 at the buzzer, but refs determined it happened after the light came on. No basket. – 9:42 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Basket at the end of the quarter will not count.
Nuggets lead is 80-77 heading into the fourth quarter. – 9:41 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Davon Reed’s three-pointer at the 3Q buzzer was overturned. No basket. That was his first shot attempt of the night but now it’s not. Den 80-77 – 9:41 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic is completely gassed. – 9:32 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
all hustle!!
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/7Y2yKI2zgi9:31 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Multiple #Pelicans diving on the floor leads to Josh Hart breakaway layup. That’s how you get the fans involved in the game – 9:31 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver started out very sluggish in the 3rd but their defense has steadied the ship. – 9:28 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans have a couple shot-clock violations that have been partly, or maybe mostly, a result of being too unselfish and passing up an open look – 9:28 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
What was the @Socios top moment of the first half?
Valančiūnas’ spin move
or
Ingram’s And-1
#PelicansGameday pic.twitter.com/VxGJgCWbAc9:27 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Herb Jones blocked Will Barton’s 3-point attempt then stuffed his pass in the pick and roll. Pels doing what Willie Green constantly preaches: turning stops into scores. – 9:21 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Pelicans open the 2nd half with a 12-2 run to take a 69-66 lead.
They are getting Brandon Ingram going too. He has 8 of those 12 points. – 9:21 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
That’s a 12-2 run to start the 3rd quarter for New Orleans.
We’re re-living Orlando, New York and Chicago all over again. – 9:21 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Brandon Ingram has been patient and not forcing shots given Denver’s defensive focus, but he’s now starting to get rolling and find some holes. Ingram 14 pts on 5/6 FGs, as #Pelicans take lead after trailing for a long time – 9:21 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
The Nuggets willfully giving the Pels a bunch of open looks with the hard doubles is odd to me. Lookin forward to finding out what Malone is trying to accomplish. – 9:21 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
JV SLAM
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New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
NOT ON HERB 🚫
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/KeONfZRO7e9:20 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Nuggets look awfully sluggish. – 9:19 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Both of Herb Jones’ blocks seemed to have the Nuggets wondering where the heck he came from to get to the ball. Rarely do you see a swat of a three-point shot but he got Will Barton – 9:19 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
17 & 10 (assists) for the MVP already pic.twitter.com/uwfuxYltrU9:18 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Nuggets were out of the locker room earlier than normal and did layup lines to get focused and ready to go in the second half.
Not having a third quarter/second half let down was discussed in the locker room at halftime, given how things have gone so far on this road trip. – 9:16 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Offense was flowing in the first 24! pic.twitter.com/3SQgOWbbYo9:12 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
9⃣ dimes from Joker in the first half 👀 pic.twitter.com/V4908DT7SX9:07 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead the Pelicans 64-57.
-Jokić was honestly bad on defense that half, but when you have 18 points and 8 assists on 8/8, it’s aight
-6 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal for J-Myke. Good stuff overall
-Facu and Bones had 14 on 8 shots pic.twitter.com/BIbE9YfX749:05 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Kira Lewis (right knee sprain) will not return tonight, per the Pelicans.
Good news to see they’ve already announced the injury is only a sprain. It looked like it could’ve been worse. – 9:02 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Massive first-half development in New Orleans: Denver’s bench outscored New Orleans 13-11 with Nikola Jokic off the floor. Nuggets got positive JaMychal Green minutes too. – 9:01 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Solid first-half from the #Nuggets, who lead 64-57. Jokic/Barton combined for 32 points and 12 assists, which is a lot. Denver also has 38 points in the paint and 20 bench points, also a lot. Valanciunas leads Pels with 15. – 9:01 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Halftime: Nuggets 64, Pelicans 57
Nuggets doubled Brandon Ingram for much of that half. BI only took 3 shots. Pels mostly played through Jonas Valanciunas, who’s got 15. – 9:01 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st half: Nuggets 64, Pelicans 57
Valanciunas 15 pts
Graham 9 pts
Jones 9 pts
Jokic (17 pts & 9 assts) is having his way with the Pels defense. They have to get the reigning MVP under control if they want to make this a game. – 9:01 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
HALF: Nuggets 64, Pelicans 57
– JV: 15p, 3r, 2a, 7/11 FG
– Herb: 9p, 4r, 2a, 1b, 4/5 FG, 1/1 3P
– BI: 6p, 4r, 2/3 FG
– Graham: 9p, 2a
– Hart: 5p, 5r, 3a
Pels: 11 TOs into 17 DEN pts
Nuggets: 5 TOs into 5 NO pts
Pels: 53.5 FG%, 8/18 3P, 3/5 FT
Nuggets: 60.5 FG%, 6/13 3P, 6/6 FT – 9:00 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
B.I. beats the shot clock and nails the triple!
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/ZytHzhF3rH9:00 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic is ridiculous. – 9:00 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic with 17 points 8 assists on 8-8 shooting in the first half. – 9:00 PM
New Orleans Pelicans PR @PelicansPR
Kira Lewis Jr. (right knee sprain) will not return to tonight’s game. – 8:59 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Perfect delivery from the MVP 🎯 pic.twitter.com/JO4rPmmyjv8:58 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
great dime. great basket.
📺: @BallySportsNO
📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/S5Djb2yVZ28:57 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
While it’s not quite Lowry drawing a charge on Zion or Boogie, Chris Boucher stepping in front of fellow Montrealer Lu Dort at full speed takes some stones. – 8:57 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Campazzo 3-pointer gives the #Nuggets 20 bench points. – 8:53 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
JV for THREE 👌
📺: @BallySportsNO
📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/oVqO940zCV8:53 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
The bench recovered their lead with Jokic out. Denver needs that – nice work. – 8:52 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
After a horrendous first 2 minutes, the Nuggets go +2 in the non Jokic minutes over that stint. – 8:52 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Absolutely love that inside hand finish by Bones. His feel and awareness around the rim are fantastic. – 8:51 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
WHAT A FINISH BONES – 8:50 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
A much better second quarter than first quarter for JaMychal Green. He’s just gotta keep rolling to the basket hard. It will help everything fall into place. – 8:48 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Kira Lewis Jr. was down on the floor after taking a hard fall in the middle of the lane. He was taken to the locker room, limping but under his own power – 8:47 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Oh no. No. Kira Lewis looked to have seriously hurt himself on the last drive into the lane. Seemed to be clutching his right knee.
Got on his feet after laying on the ground for the few minutes and was helped to the bench. Now he hobbled by himself back to the locker room. 🙏 – 8:47 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Kira Lewis Jr. headed back to the locker room. Was barely putting any weight on his right knee. Was on the ground for a while, appeared to be in pain. – 8:47 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Shit, Kira Lewis just had his knee buckle badly. – 8:46 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Kira Lewis down on the floor grabbing his right knee.
That did not look good. – 8:45 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Glad to see Bones at the line getting to see the ball go in. The bench as a whole needs to see more of that – play a little looser. – 8:44 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
I asked Willie Green before the game about how he’s been splitting the backup point guard minutes between Kira Lewis and Tomas Satoransky.
So far tonight, he’s given all those minutes to Kira. – 8:44 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Coast to coast and finishing with the left 😯
Okay, @Facundo Campazzo! pic.twitter.com/XSi2d1mVWO8:42 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Super strong close by the Pelicans to this first quarter as they trail 35-33. New Orleans’ bench came in and gave a nice spark. Denver, who didn’t commit a turnover in first 10 minutes, had several in last few minutes. Also, Nuggets failed to score after Jokic sat down. – 8:35 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st: Nuggets 35, Pelicans 33
Valanciunas 8 pts
Hart 5 pts & 3 assts
Barton and Jokic each have 13 points – 8:34 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
This is getting a bit ridiculous. Denver’s gotta make some real changes after this road trip. – 8:34 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Bones needs to calm down. Take some breaths, reset. Being cooped up for a week is tough, but Denver’s bench is once again struggling, and they need Bones to play within himself and do Bones things. – 8:34 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
It’s almost impressive how quickly the Nuggets blow leads whenever Jokic goes to the bench. – 8:34 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Jokic checked out with an 8-point lead. That’s down to 2 entering the second quarter. – 8:33 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bones Hyland has checked in. – 8:27 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Couple 👀 numbers so far: #Nuggets have 10 assists on 14 FGs, and have 20 points in the paint so far less than 10 minutes into the game. – 8:26 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
JV gets it done 😎
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/3sZlsMsR1U8:26 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
13 points on 6/6 shooting so far pic.twitter.com/dvmuuogzto8:26 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Nikola Jokic and Will Barton: 26 points
Pelicans: 24 points – 8:25 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Jokic dominating this game and I don’t think he’s broke 4 mph. – 8:25 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
With 2:46 left in the first quarter…
Nikola Jokic and Will Barton: 26
The New Orleans Pelicans: 24 – 8:25 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Barton (13) and Jokic (11) have 24 of team’s 31. And there’s more than 3 mnutes left in the quarter. – 8:23 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Pelicans showing very little resistance defensively. Jokic and Barton, who are hot, are repeatedly getting open looks.
Pelicans down 31-22 to Nuggets with just under 4 minutes to go in the first quarter. – 8:23 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Yeah… you’re gonna want to see that one again 🤩 pic.twitter.com/n2yWLmWffM8:22 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Will Barton All-Time Pelicans Killer – 8:21 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
ABSURD NIKOLA DIME ALERT 🚨 pic.twitter.com/5GK30x2PJb8:18 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
A welcome back three for @Josh Hart !
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📻: @ESPNRadioNOLA pic.twitter.com/d14soY7coQ8:17 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Running the floor 🏃‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/7wJ34vCLC88:16 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Seems like the Nuggets are determined to double BI every time he touches the ball – 8:16 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Between Aaron Gordon + the Nuggets sending an extra body at him, it’s gonna be a long night for Brandon Ingram. – 8:15 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I made some chicken parmesan tonight, and Will Barton is also cooking. – 8:15 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Will Barton flu game? – 8:14 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
It seems like Will Barton always plays well in New Orleans. Off to great start with 8 pts in 3 mins – 8:14 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Will Barton (8 points, one assist in three minutes) making an early case to skip shootarounds forever. – 8:14 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Will Barton III hits a short jumper to opening the scoring against the Pelicans. – 8:12 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
1⃣,0⃣0⃣0⃣
Congrats, @Jeff Green!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/so2KPpgUvk8:10 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Keys to tonight’s game
Nuggets vs Pelicans
🔑 Consistency – Coach Malone said this road trip has had peaks and valleys. Need “rolling hills in the heart of America” tonight (esp. second half)
🔑 Bench production
🔑 Limit Pels O-Boards – last 5 avg 18 2nd chance pts/game – 8:00 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗽 🏀 pic.twitter.com/C40YPedtHD7:55 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Will Barton is active tonight and in the Nuggets’ starting lineup. – 7:35 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets starters: Morris, Barton, AG, Jeff Green and Jokic. – 7:35 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Tonight’s starters vs. @New Orleans Pelicans ⤵️
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/E8TKB0YPbt7:34 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Come pregame with us!
✅ Bones is back!
✅ Thumbs up or thumbs down?
✅ Barton flu game?
youtube.com/watch?v=GvG-D_…7:31 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Starting five for tonight!
#Pelicans | @Verizon pic.twitter.com/vCbBZMYvVE7:28 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Starters:
Devonte’ Graham
Josh Hart
Brandon Ingram
Herb Jones
Jonas Valanciunas – 7:24 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Tonight’s starting lineups for Pelicans-Nuggets: pic.twitter.com/m7WgjAziDY7:22 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans starters tonight:
Devonte’Graham
Josh Hart
Brandon Ingram
Herb Jones
Jonas Valanciunas – 7:22 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
𝔾𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕝𝕠𝕠𝕤𝕖 🃏 pic.twitter.com/9KcvnESTTz7:16 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
In four starts this year (70 mins), the starting group of Devonte Graham, Josh Hart, Herbert Jones, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas had an offensive rating of 105.6 and a defensive rating of 97.2.
Pels went 3-1 in those four games. – 7:15 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Almost game time! Be sure to download the #Pelicans app to keep up with all of the action.
📲: https://t.co/4bmEJzuiPI
@Verizon| #Pelicans pic.twitter.com/Pt0VXso7yW7:15 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Josh Hart is available, Pelicans say. He’s missed the last three games with left knee soreness. – 7:10 PM
New Orleans Pelicans PR @PelicansPR
Josh Hart is available to play tonight. – 7:09 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Kicks of the night!
Who’s shoes are these? 👟
#WBD | @spacerunnersnft6:54 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Happy to be Home 🏠
#UltraDrip | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/Yn9X9huMY26:42 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Reminder to play Courtside Challenge on the Pelicans App 📱
Answer five timed trivia questions to win exclusive prizes, courtesy of @SeatGeek🎟
Play now on the Pelicans app: https://t.co/o9NQ2Qn2gW pic.twitter.com/mFNHtaJ5V36:34 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Bones Hyland’s day started at 4 a.m. in Orlando, per Malone … Then he had a 3-hour delay connecting in Atlanta. Nonetheless, he’s here and smiling. – 6:34 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone said that Will Barton did not participate in shootaround and that he will talk to trainers to see if Barton can/should give it a go.
He lamented that the hits just keep coming, but it’s an opportunity for someone to step up. Opted not to share who would start, – 6:33 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Malone says Will Barton didn’t go through shootaround. No update on if he’ll be available. – 6:33 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Malone says Bones Hyland’s arrival in new Orleans was an “epic journey that began at 4am” – 6:30 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Keeping it cozy
#ULTRADrip x #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/YR4BbWNULg6:15 PM

Josh Hart @joshhart
Newest addition @ApeKidsClub 🔥 pic.twitter.com/LTjewCcKol5:58 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Bones Hyland out here smiling through his warmup in NOLA. pic.twitter.com/HEyXa5LHNQ5:55 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 16 points for AG tonight?
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#MileHighBasketball4:06 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 CJ McCollum the missing piece?
🏀 Why the Pels need to stay away from Caris LeVert
🏀 Really go for it with Myles Turner?
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Watch on YouTube!
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Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: A fresh Canes 6-pack, including how one UM assistant is reducing the awkwardness of the coaching change. PLUS Cristobal makes recruiting inroads; Zion Nelson mulls decision; I. Walker; freshmen OL report; turnover chain; more: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…3:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
If Bones comes back and starts, he’s going for a career high tonight. Those are the rules. – 3:13 PM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
On “The Lowe Post,” ESPN’s Tim MacMahon said that he “has heard” Zion Williamson now weighs roughly 330 lbs. Previously, Williamson was listed at 284 lbs. basketballnews.com/stories/espns-…2:57 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
“Home Alone isn’t a Christmas movie” – @Josh Hart
Josh and his teammates respond to the controversial tweet 😂 🎄
#Pelicans | @SeatGeek pic.twitter.com/Zs7ClRDPDl2:55 PM

Josh Hart @joshhart
Timo, We Are Sorry – 2:29 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets add Will Barton to the injury report with a non-COVID illness. He’s questionable tonight vs. New Orleans.
Team cannot catch a break right now. – 2:24 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
What I will look like and what I will say when we finally get back to Denver. pic.twitter.com/CplFJYOoMt2:17 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
It was @ColeyHarvey’s first time hosting Outside the Lines and it was my @OTLonESPN debut.
Big day.
Here’s the latest on where things stand on Zion Williamson’s injury: pic.twitter.com/f4GMYtUKVV2:16 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Keldon Johnson (sprained right ankle) & Devin Vassell (right quad contusion) are doubtful for Thursday vs. Denver, per Spurs injury report.
An MRI revealed no structural damage to Keldon’s ankle after he injured it last night. It will be the 4th straight game without Devin. – 2:02 PM

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