The Miami Heat, led by rookie Josh Richardson, snapped the Nuggets win streak at four on Monday night. The Heat won by five in a final score of 124-119. The high scoring affair between these two teams featured 13 different players scoring in double figures between both teams.
For the Nuggets, it was too little and too late in the fourth quarter as they were unable to stop the heat and make enough baskets. The Nuggets made four three-pointers in the last two minutes to reduce the Miami lead, but they were unable to stop them on the other end of the court. Dwayne Wade scored 6 of his 19 points on free throws in the final minutes of the game and kept the Nuggets at bay. Rookies Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow played their hearts out for the Heat, putting up 17 points and 20 points respectively.
There was still a lot to like from the Nuggets during this game despite the loss. Faried put up a double-double shooting 11-11 from the field. He scored 24 points and added 11 rebounds. Emmanuel Mudiay also continued his great play putting up a double-double of his own with 23 points and 10 assists. Regardless of the loss, watching Mudiay continue to play as a star is exciting to see. And even though Mudiay missed an easy layup in the final minute, he did knock down a couple of clutch threes to keep the Nuggets close. Mudiay did the turn the ball over five times and that number does leave a lot to be desired from the rookie.
But as it has been stated time and time again this season, this is all about the growth of the young players. Mudiay, Nikola Jokic, and Gary Harris all played some great basketball last night and the loss hurts a little less when you can look ahead and see what might be for the future of the Nuggets.
The Nuggets play the second game of a back-to-back tonight. The game takes place in Orlando against the 28-37 Magic and is a game the Nuggets should win. With Jusuf Nurkic sitting out against the Heat, look for him to get some quality minutes tonight.