|posted: 1/9/2020 at 5:59:28 AM ET|
The Denver Nuggets only led this game for approximately three minutes but what mattered more is that they were up at the most important time of the game - when the final buzzer sounded. The travel and quick turnaround is especially difficult for a team like the Raptors, who were without five injured players. Credit to Toronto, who dug deep to earn a win despite going into overtime with such a quick turnaround. The Nuggets play four of their next five games at home, in their higher altitude Pepsi Center. Three of the five games are against teams with a losing record in the Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Golden State Warriors.
While Harden filled it up for the Rockets, he was locked in a back-and-forth battle with Trae Young, who poured in a monster triple-double of his own with 42 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, making it the first time with two 40-point triple-doubles in the same game in NBA history. With Harden struggling to recapture his shooting touch after the first quarter, the Hawks outscored the Rockets in each of the next three-quarters, but were unable to get over the final hurdle. In the first quarter, the Hornets' second-year wing knocked down three triples en route to 11 points. In the second, he would knock down two more triples to bring his total to 17, making it the highest-scoring half of his young career. You’ll be able to NBA Watch Online on our website every weekday nights with none charges. There isn’t any buffering on our website.