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Nuggets stage a dramatic comeback and win to escape a humiliating home defeat.

The Denver Nuggets hosted the struggling Toronto Raptors on Monday night, facing a team plagued by injuries and a poor record of 23-41, having lost their last three games. Since trading away Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby to focus on younger players like Scottie Barnes, the Raptors have experienced a significant decline.

Their situation worsened with Barnes’ recent indefinite injury, alongside absences from key players such as Jakob Poeltl, Immanuel Quickley, Chris Boucher, and Gary Trent Sr.

Despite the Raptors’ depleted lineup and the fatigue of playing their fourth game in seven nights across four cities, they surprisingly dominated the first half against the Nuggets. Led by R.J. Barrett, Kelly Olynyk, Bruce Brown, Jontay Porter, and Gradey Dick, the undermanned Raptors built a substantial lead of up to 22 points before halftime.

Nevertheless, the Nuggets, striving for home-court advantage in the Western Conference, staged a comeback fueled by their stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Jokic’s impressive performance in the third quarter spearheaded the turnaround, finishing the game with 35 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists, while Murray contributed significantly in the fourth quarter, securing the hard-fought 125-119 victory.

This victory marked the Nuggets’ second consecutive game where they struggled in a quarter, having lost the second quarter to Toronto 34-19, following a similar setback against the Jazz on Saturday. Despite these concerning lapses, the Nuggets have managed to win nine out of their last ten games since the All-Star break, bringing their season record to 45-20, just half a game behind the Thunder for the top seed in the West.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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