The veteran power forward Paul Millsap became the leader of the Denver Nuggets’ balanced attack that defeated Phoenic’s decimated Suns 116-104.
Millsap contributed 23 points and five rebounds that left him at the head of a list of five Nuggets players who obtained double-digit numbers and achieved the fifth consecutive victory.
The Nuggets, with a 12-3 mark, consolidate themselves as leaders of the Northwest Division and have the second best mark in the Western Conference and the third in the league.
Canadian baseman Jamal Murray and forward Will Barton also stood out in the offensive game with 22 points each, in addition to combining with 15 points and seven assists.
The Serbian center Nikola Jokic did not have his best drowning inspiration by keeping eight points, but he did his job under the hoops to capture 13 rebounds – team leader -, in addition he distributed five assists and recovered two balls.
The Nuggets defense also ended up being the winning factor by limiting Hispanic guard Devin Booker to only 12 points, the lowest score so far this season, after reaching the game with an average of 26.2 points in the month of November.
The pivot Mason Plumlee left the bench and became the winning surprise factor by contributing 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a cap.
While the base reserve Monte Morris scored another 10 points, distributed four assists and captured three rebounds.
The Spanish power forward Juancho Hernangómez played six minutes as a reserve for the Nuggets and left without points when not making any shot to basket, although he captured a rebound, lost two balls and committed a personal foul.
Mali power forward Cheick Diallo, with 22 points, his best professional brand, and six rebounds, led the Suns (8-8), who lost the third game in the last four games.
Another tall man, the starting power forward, the Croatian Dario Saric contributed a double-double and also established the best professional brand by capturing 17 rebounds while reaching 18 points, also gave two assists and put a cap.
Booker could only score seven points when he reached the fourth period, but the Suns were in front of the scoreboard until, in the last period, the Nuggets got the comeback and secured the victory.
The Nuggets achieved 10-2 streaks in the final stretch of the third period and returned to be leaders in the fourth for the first time since they did in the initial.
The Denver team was placed with a partial 88-87 at the beginning of the fourth period. He then responded with a 13-4 streak that secured the 101-91, with no response from the Suns, who played without the starters, the Spanish base Ricky Rubio and the Australian center Aron Baynes.
Rubio, with back spasms, missed the third game of the last four played by the Suns and played just 16 minutes.
While Baynes has not been able to play in the last four games due to problems with the flexor muscle of the right hip.