The Denver Nuggets finally took a step toward high expectations by earning their first win of the season Tuesday night.
Denver's 109-97 win over the Detroit Pistons was a gradual process, but the team got it done. Six double-digit scorers paced the offense, allowing Ty Lawson to orchestrate an efficient attack for four quarters.
Detroit received 27 points and 10 rebounds from Greg Monroe, but it didn't stop the Pistons from falling to 0-4. The Pistons lack consistency on both ends of the floor, and its young core hasn't been able to overcome hurdles early on.
Lawson got double-double support from Andre Iguodala and double-digit scoring contributions from JaVale McGee and Corey Brewer off of the bench. All in all, Denver used an excellent team performance to earn its first victory.
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Player of the Game: JaVale McGee
I could have gone with Lawson here, but McGee is so important to this team. If he plays up to his ability, this team is a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference. If he doesn't, the Nuggets will fade.
McGee didn't do anything but score off of the bench, but 16 points is nothing to thumb your nose at. He delivered a handful of ferocious dunks, putting his athletic ability on full display.
He's the pivot on this team in more ways than one. He must be a presence down low, and his production will decide how far Denver goes.
What's Next for the Detroit Pistons?
The 0-4 Pistons will seek their first win of the season when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
What's Next for the Denver Nuggets?
The 1-3 Nuggets will try to continue their momentum when they travel to face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.