INDIANAPOLIS – Denver’s old man, Andre Miller, can still deliver a decisive knockout punch when needed.
Indiana found out the hard way Friday night.
The 36-year-old guard played like a revitalized All-Star, scoring eight of his 15 points during a decisive 10-0 run to send the Nuggets past the Pacers 92-89. Miller had a hand in all of the points during the late flurry – making three baskets and two free throws and dishing out an assist on the only basket he didn’t score.
He knows how to get shots down the stretch better than some of our other guys, some of our younger guys, coach George Karl said. He was running the pick-and-roll actions better than anyone all game long, and he just has that old-man knack, that old-school knack.
JaVale McGee had a season-high 20 points, 16 in the first half, and eight rebounds for Denver.
But Miller delivered the scoring punch when Denver needed it most.
We just want to keep providing some stability, some energy, so hopefully, it can carry over into the games, Miller said.
Indiana (10-10) was looking for its first three-game winning streak this season and had a chance to force overtime when George Hill blocked Ty Lawson’s shot from the left corner with 8.8 seconds to go. Hill grabbed the loose ball and sprinted up the court. He circled around and threw up an off-balance three-pointer that bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
BULLS 108, PISTONS 104: In Auburn Hills, Mich., Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, career highs in both categories, as Chicago beat Detroit for the 16th straight time. The Bulls trailed by as many as 17 points in the second quarter but took control in the fourth quarter.
WARRIORS 109, NETS 102: In New York, David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and Stephen Curry scored 28 points as Golden State won for the fifth time in six games.
HAWKS 104, WIZARDS 95: In Atlanta, Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Al Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds as Atlanta kept Washington winless on the road.
76ERS 95, CELTICS 94, OT: In Philadelphia, Evan Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Philadelphia.
GRIZZLIES 96, HORNETS 89: In New Orleans, Rudy Gay tied a season high with 28 points as Memphis maintained its NBA-best winning percentage.
TIMBERWOLVES 91, CAVALIERS 73: In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds as Minnesota handed Cleveland its fourth loss in a row.
BUCKS 108, BOBCATS 93: In Milwaukee, Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds to lead Milwaukee.
SPURS 114, ROCKETS 92: In San Antonio, Tony Parker led six Spurs in double figures with 17 points as San Antonio never trailed in the win.