Found December 07, 2012 on
Denver's Andre Miller brought back a blast from the past Friday night.
The 36-year-old backup guard scored eight of his 15 points during a 10-0 run in the final three minutes, leading the Nuggets past the Indiana Pacers 92-89.
Miller had a hand in all of the points, also getting an assist on JaVale McGee's dunk during the decisive spurt.
McGee dominated the first half and finished with a season-high 20 points off the bench, helping Denver (10-10) win for 13th time in its last 16 games against the Pacers and for the seventh time in the last nine games in Indy.
Indiana (10-10) was looking for its first three-game winning streak of the season and had a chance to force overtime when George Hill blocked a Denver shot with about 5 seconds to go. Hill raced down the floor and took an off-balance 3 just before the buzzer sounded, but the ball bounced errantly off the rim. Hill finished with 15 points, while Paul George led the Pacers with 22 points.
And Denver needed every point from Miller and McGee to survive this one.
Despite trailing for most of the second half and 80-74 midway through the fourth quarter, Indiana refused to let Denver pull away.
They closed to 82-81 when Hill completed a three-point play with 4:32 to go. Forty seconds later, Roy Hibbert tied the score by making 1 of 2 free throws, and then George knocked down a 3 with 3:32 to play. That gave the Pacers an 85-82 lead and sent the crowd into a frenzy.
But Miller's poise changed the game.
He started the run with two free throws, then scored on a layup and hit a 15-footer. After feeding McGee for a breakaway dunk, he closed the run with a 14-foot pullup shot - rekindling images of his All-Star days. Suddenly, Denver had a 92-85 lead with 1:01 left in the game.
George knocked down another 3 with 59.2 seconds to play, and Lance Stephenson made 1 of 2 free throws with 29.9 seconds left to make it a one-possession game.
But the Pacers couldn't get any closer.
Like McGee, Corey Brewer came off the bench and finished with 20 points.
All five Indiana starters scored in double figures, including David West who had 18 points and 11 rebounds, but the Pacers' bench was outscored 55-12.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
LOST THE HANDLE
In the last couple of years, Nuggets forward JaVale McGee has provided us with many laughs and during Friday night's Nuggets/Pacers game, he provided us with another JaVale moment.After Mr. McGee collects the rebound, a behind-the-back move turned into a terrible fast break which caused JaVale to throw the pass into the third row.To top it all off, he took another Nuggets player...
JaVale McGee remains the NBA worldwide leader in magnificent blunders. During the third quarter of the Denver Nuggets’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, McGee grabbed a loose ball, dribbled behind his back, and attempted to lead a fast break. The only problem is he began losing control of the rock around midcourt and, as he was falling, he chucked the ball over the basket...
JaVale McGee is the source of a ton of frustration coupled with endless giggles with some of the moves he makes on the court. For an example, check out two plays from Nuggets vs. Pacers on Friday night. In one play we watch JaVale attempt to dish a behind the back pass. But during [...]
This is really painful to watch. You knew as soon as he went behind-the-back and the ball got a little too far ahead of him that something was going to horribly wrong. He tries to corral it but he gets off-balance and tries to throw a pass to his Denver Nuggets teammate Kenneth Faried. Needless to say, Faried had zero chance at catching that pass. Hopefully next time McGee...
Basketball purgatory. What is it? Similar to actual purgatory, basketball purgatory is just how it sounds; a team isn’t playing good, inspired basketball, nor are they playing gut-wrenching, terrible ball despite all appearances. The Denver Nuggets are in basketball purgatory. I could give you another fair, with a glimmer of hope, post-game article after the [...]The post The Denver...
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert appeared a little embarrassed when he found some blood on his jersey near his belly button during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. However, the situation became more awkward, and a bit comical, as Hibbert pulled his shorts way up high to cover up the stain.
Not sure what Hibbert was so embarrassed...
The Denver Nuggets lost another close game Wednesday night, this time to the Atlanta Hawks, but there was a few highlights for the streaky Nuggets. This one included a nice dish and a one-handed slam (and a foul) by Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala. A budding bro-mance, perhaps?The post Bro-Mance: Danilo Gallinari Dishes to Andre Iguodala (Video) appeared first on The NBA Mistress.
Looking for the dunk of Friday night in the NBA?Then you need to check out this amazing one-handed stuff that Nuggets forward JaVale McGee decided to throw down on Pacers back-up center Ian Mahinmi:
With just under 5 minutes in Wednesday night’s Pacers-Blazers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Roy Hibbert fouled rookie Damian Lillard causing a decent sized laceration on his right elbow. According to the official rules of the NBA, the officials can suspend the game for a maximum of 30 seconds for treatment, and after that time the player must be substituted out of the game for...
Roy Hibbert has been struggling so far this season after signing a big contract to stay in Indiana. He proved to be a problem last season during the playoffs, particularly against the Miami Heat.
Hibbert made a highlight yesterday, but it wasn’t quite for a good reason. He had blood on his jersey, and pulled his shorts up just a little bit too high in order to hide it. You can...
Roy Hibbert is coming for your title, Dwight Howard. He might not be coming swiftly, or very directly, but he is coming. Hibbert intends to be the best center in the NBA one day, supplanting Howard as the elite of that position, the struggling Pacers center declared while denying that he posted a photo with “#[expletive]Dwight” on Instagram. Hibbert’s offensive decline has...
The Indiana Pacers appeared to have momentum heading into their showdown with the Denver Nuggets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, so it's disappointing to see them crumple down the stretch and hand the Nuggets a 92-89 victory.
I had hoped for JaVale McGee to score some baskets for the Pacers but instead he dominated Roy Hibbert, who was kept to 10 and 9 on 3-10 shooting (though...