Pacers cap road trip against streaking Nuggets
(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets have been scoring in bunches this month, averaging 107.7 ppg through 13 games in January. They hope the barrage continues Monday versus the Indiana Pacers at the Pepsi Center.
The Nuggets are fourth in the NBA with 103.6 ppg this season and exploded for a 121-93 demolition of the Sacramento Kings Saturday in the opener of a six- game homestand. Ty Lawson scored 26 points and handed out six assists, while Andre Iguodala added 20 points and handed out seven assists for Denver, winners in three straight and nine of 11 games.
Denver stormed out to a 39-25 lead after the first 12 minutes and outscored the Kings in the first three periods, improving to 17-3 as the host.
"We tried to get out to a good start and play fast," Iguodala said.
Danilo Gallinari chipped in 14 points, while Kenneth Faried totaled 11 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who shot 61 percent from the field through the first three quarters. Denver connected on a season-high 13 3-pointers and led by as many as 35 points. It had 30 or more assists (34) for the sixth time this season and is unbeaten in those games.
The Nuggets are unbeaten in their last 35 games when handing out at least 30 assists and 18-3 when allowing fewer than 100 points.
Denver will also entertain Houston, New Orleans, Milwaukee and Chicago on the current homestand.
Indiana is playing the finale of a four-game road trip and has lost two in a row since opening the trek with a victory at Memphis last Monday.
The Pacers then dropped decisions to Portland and Utah, and most recently suffered a 114-110 overtime loss to the Jazz Saturday night. Jazz forward Paul Millsap appeared to have thrown an inbounds pass off the backboard late in the game and caught the rebound before he was fouled, sinking both free throws.
The officials reviewed the play and said Millsap's pass was in bounds.
"The referees made a call we have to live with. My interpretation is if the ball goes out of bounds they can review who it was off of," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "The question there was did it go out of bounds, did it hit the back of the backboard triggering it out of bounds? They did not call it that way so it's not reviewable. That's my understanding."
David West led Indiana with 24 points, Paul George added 23 and George Hill finished with 22 for the Pacers, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time since losing two in a row from Dec. 7-9. Roy Hibbert chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.
Indiana, which is second in the NBA with 89.9 points allowed, owns a 10-15 record away from home and will return to the Hoosier State for four straight games later this week.
The Pacers last loss three straight from Nov. 5-9 this season and were handed a 92-89 home loss by the Nuggets back on Dec. 7. Denver has won three in a row and 14 of the last 20 meetings with Indiana, losers in three straight and six of seven trips to the Rocky Mountains.
01/28 10:28:56 ET