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DENVER (33 - 36) at HOUSTON (48 - 22)
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DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games33-36-9.736-3143-25111.157.446.7%55.0110.855.447.8%47.9
Road Games14-19-3.218-1420-12108.556.545.4%55.4110.856.348.0%47.9
Last 5 Games4-1+3.24-12-3117.460.249.9%52.6103.047.645.5%48.2
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.157.441-8746.7%11-2937.3%19-2576.4%551225197154
vs opponents surrendering105.352.939-8545.7%10-2735.9%18-2477.1%521022208145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.556.540-8845.4%10-2935.7%19-2477.5%551322207154
Stats Against (All Games)110.855.442-8847.8%10-2537.7%17-2278.3%48924208125
vs opponents averaging105.352.939-8545.7%10-2635.9%18-2377.3%511022208135
Stats Against (Road Games)110.856.342-8848.0%9-2537.7%17-2279.5%48925209125

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games48-22-1.640-3035-34115.358.846.3%52.9108.454.146.2%52.3
Home Games25-9-8.216-1819-15117.059.346.2%54.4107.051.945.9%52.7
Last 5 Games4-1+0.33-22-3118.456.245.3%57.6107.858.446.4%53.0
HOUSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.358.840-8746.3%15-4036.1%20-2776.4%531125208144
vs opponents surrendering105.152.939-8545.6%10-2735.9%18-2377.0%521022208135
Team Stats (Home Games)117.059.341-8846.2%15-4235.8%21-2875.3%541226198144
Stats Against (All Games)108.454.141-8846.2%10-2934.6%17-2277.4%521023218155
vs opponents averaging104.952.739-8545.6%9-2635.9%18-2377.4%511022208135
Stats Against (Home Games)107.051.941-8945.9%10-2934.3%16-2176.4%531123218155
Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 95.6,  HOUSTON 95.6
DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/8/2017@ ATLANTA106-117L4L223.5U40-10040.0%581047-9350.5%5910
2/10/2017@ NEW YORK131-123W2W229O54-9556.8%491552-9355.9%3810
2/11/2017@ CLEVELAND109-125L11.5L233O39-9740.2%511246-8454.8%5215
2/13/2017GOLDEN STATE132-110W11.5W236.5O48-8854.5%602245-9248.9%329
2/23/2017@ SACRAMENTO100-116L-6.5L222U39-8844.3%461546-8852.3%5114
2/28/2017@ CHICAGO125-107W2.5W223O45-8056.2%481644-9645.8%4212
3/1/2017@ MILWAUKEE110-98W4.5W223U41-8448.8%511438-8345.8%4113
3/11/2017@ SACRAMENTO105-92W-5W217U40-8547.1%51936-8243.9%5012
3/13/2017LA LAKERS129-101W-13W227O45-8453.6%501542-9743.3%5516
3/16/2017LA CLIPPERS129-114W-6W222O46-8653.5%501044-8452.4%399
3/20/2017@ HOUSTON              
3/24/2017@ INDIANA              
3/26/2017NEW ORLEANS              
3/28/2017@ PORTLAND              
3/31/2017@ CHARLOTTE              
4/2/2017@ MIAMI              
4/4/2017@ NEW ORLEANS              
4/5/2017@ HOUSTON              

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/9/2017@ CHARLOTTE107-95W-2.5W224U39-8645.3%471737-8543.5%5321
2/23/2017@ NEW ORLEANS129-99W-3.5W230.5U45-9149.5%531636-8641.9%5320
3/1/2017@ LA CLIPPERS122-103W2.5W235.5U37-8742.5%681642-9444.7%457
3/6/2017@ SAN ANTONIO110-112L3.5W222P41-8846.6%471140-8746.0%529
3/10/2017@ CHICAGO115-94W-6W223.5U37-8941.6%611738-9838.8%6018
3/15/2017LA LAKERS139-100W-17W234.5O50-9154.9%601942-9146.2%4622
3/17/2017@ NEW ORLEANS112-128L-6.5L228.5O37-8941.6%491349-9253.3%5913
3/18/2017@ DENVER109-105W-2W241U38-8345.8%581438-8942.7%5613
3/24/2017NEW ORLEANS              
3/26/2017OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/28/2017GOLDEN STATE              
3/30/2017@ PORTLAND              
3/31/2017@ GOLDEN STATE              
4/2/2017@ PHOENIX              
DENVER: BACKCOURT: PG Emmanuel Mudiay was kind of what everyone expected him to be last year: talented and productive but inconsistent and inefficient. If he can improve as much as SG Gary Harris did in his sophomore campaign last year, he'll be in good shape. SG Will Barton was a revelation as a sixth man last season, and he's a veteran in this backcourt at 25 years old. Rookie guards Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley enter with lots of potential. . . . FRONTCOURT: SF Danilo Gallinari did everything for the Nugs last year before getting injured after the All Star break. His health is a serial problem, but he's the team's leader if he's on the court. C Nikola Jokic is the complete package as a center, and C Jusuf Nurkic is a bully off the bench. PF Kenneth Faried's style of play isn't en vogue in a league that wants shooters at every position, but he dominates when he plays up to his ability. . . . BOTTOM LINE: The Nuggets are loaded with young talent, but they're developing almost all of it simultaneously. Wins shouldn't be a priority for a team this young, and Gallinari and Faried are frequent subjects of trade rumors.
HOUSTON: BACKCOURT: SG James Harden will again be the lead ball handler for the Rockets, and the coaching of Mike D'Antoni means he'll have even more opportunities to score than before. For many, he's an easy preseason favorite for MVP. New SG Eric Gordon has never fulfilled his potential, but, if healthy, can spread the floor both alongside Harden and for a bench unit. . . . FRONTCOURT: C Dwight Howard's departure leaves the Rockets bereft of rim protection and rebounding, but opens up greater possibilities on offense. C Clint Capela and C Nene will fill his shoes in the post. Like Gordon, offseason acquisition PF Ryan Anderson will improve the team's spacing. SFs Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are both solid defenders who can shoot, although Ariza looked like he may have lost a step last season. . . . BOTTOM LINE: D'Antoni's arrival and Howard's exit indicate that the Rockets will feature a fun, faster-paced offense that Harden should thrive in. But some bad defenders will have to play not-bad defense if Houston is to thrive.
Nuggets, Rockets meet again to complete home-and-home

HOUSTON -- The Denver Nuggets played so effectively while winning seven of nine games before Saturday night that it was easy to overlook the absence of forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari when the Houston Rockets visited.

And while the Nuggets were strong until the end in a 109-105 loss to the Rockets at Pepsi Center, they certainly missed the contributions of Chandler and Gallinari in what turned into a riveting shootout between two of the top offenses in the NBA.

Houston, fueled by MVP candidate James Harden, operated at full throttle. The Rockets' healthy roster proved vital down the stretch.

"Nikola (Jokic) getting in foul trouble is tough enough, but when you couple that with no Wilson Chandler and no Gallo it makes it even more difficult," Denver coach Mike Malone said of his emerging center, who logged just 22 minutes and was saddled with five fouls.

"We did a lot of good things. Clean up the undisciplined errors we made and hopefully we'll get a different result when we play them down in Houston."

The Nuggets (33-36) and Rockets (48-22) will complete their home-and-home showdown on Monday night in Houston. The Rockets have claimed the first two meetings of the four-game season series, winning in Denver on each occasion and doing so twice on the back end of a back-to-back.

The Rockets improved to a remarkable 13-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

Chandler (right groin contusion) and Gallinari (left knee) are questionable for the rematch. Denver is locked in a dogfight with the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

The Nuggets entered Sunday 29th in the league in defensive efficiency. Given its struggles on that end of the court and Houston's overwhelming ability to score at the rim and behind the 3-point arc, Denver can't afford to scuffle on offense.

"They made shots and we didn't," Jokic said. "They played really good in that last stretch and we didn't make shots."

The shots the Rockets normally make in victory -- 3-pointers -- didn't fall against the Nuggets, finishing just 5 of 24 from deep to post their first win this season when making less than 10 treys.

Harden helped their cause with his fourth consecutive triple-double and seventh 40-point triple-double this season, closing with 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. With Harden making 15 of 17 free throws, the Rockets finished 28 of 35 at the line.

"We have guys that are very adept to drawing fouls," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They're smart players. I thought it was a great game, both sides. I thought they played well, everybody competed. Nobody was like sharp-shooting 3s and stuff, but we gutted it out and sometimes you have to do that."

The onus is on Denver to develop a superior plan of attack to manage Harden. While the Nuggets had success pressuring the Rockets on the perimeter, they allowed Harden access to the paint time and again. They can't surrender that unfettered penetration again unless they long for Harden to erupt once more.

"I mean that's a tough task for them, though," Rockets forward Ryan Anderson said of Denver bigs switching on Harden out on the perimeter. "We wanted to take advantage of what we can do, obviously. If they're going to switch, we're going to have James attack."

Last Updated: 4/21/2018 4:14:05 PM EST

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