Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nuggets' second-half rally leads to win over Raptors

Nuggets' second-half rally leads to win over Raptors

Nurse was livid with the lack of whistles Kawhi Leonard was receiving in his favor, adding that it's been a recurring trend with the Raptors superstar for the better part of the season.

On the strength of Jamal Murray's clutch shooting and Monte Morris' veteran-like poise, the Nuggets roared back against the Raptors and won 95-86 for their third consecutive victory and second over Toronto. On a night that had plenty of negatives, Leonard was a bright spot for the team, serving as a matchup nightmare for whoever the Nuggets put on him.

Leonard has averaged 26.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in 23 games for the Raptors in 2018-19.

"My message to our team a little while ago was 'I don't care who's playing for them, ' " Nuggets coach Michael Malone said prior to the game.

The Nuggets beat the Raptors 106-103 on December 3 in Toronto. After struggling early, missing seven of his first eight, Murray found his shooting stroke late.

Simmons finished with 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds and Joel Embiid tallied 24 as the Sixers rallied from a second quarter deficit to lead 65-58 at the half.

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We've won the most of the games like we did previous year , and we are there with the top teams. One of the best performances we've had since I've been at Liverpool ", added Klopp.

Denver got that offensive production from Torrey Craig, who started the third with two big three-pointers to really set the tone for the Nuggets offense.

"He's doing what he's supposed to do", Malone said. We'll trade for him, we've got a year to sell him on it. Later in the day, we saw the Washington Wizards crush the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, Later on, the Sacramento Kings took care of the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas to end the Mavs' 11-game home win streak.

From the Raptors' depth to their rough play down the stretch, here are four takeaways from the loss in Denver.

Leonard was nothing short of brilliant for the Raptors (23-9), putting up a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds. With all that said, however, here are a couple of keys to how Toronto can go about dealing with Valanciunas' absence over roughly the next month.

Lowry just wants Leonard to be content with whatever decision he makes. Denver's run would grow even larger as they began the fourth on a 7-0 run, which was capped off by a three-pointer from Murray to give the Nuggets a 75-72 lead with 9:50 left in the game. That game will be broadcasted live on Altitude TV and streamed on AltitudeNOW.

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