The Raptors on the other hand were ready to take care of business early and didn’t break for lunch. Toronto opened the first quarter with 36 points worth of whoop-ass while the Nuggets barley managed 15, and then the Raptors doubled their output before halftime putting them in the lead, 72-43. Their biggest lead of the night would be 38 when the Nuggets were officially pronounced dead, 83-45, with eight minutes and change still remaining in the third quarter.
The Nuggets’ side of the box score is absolutely baffling. Reggie Evans was the game’s high rebounder with 15, J.R. Smith played well finishing with 20 points and six assists, and Linas Kleiza had 20 and seven, but the Nuggets looked completely lost on offense. The staple that the Nuggets have lived off of just wasn’t there. Allen Iverson eeked out 14 points with three assists and just as many turnovers. Carmelo Anthony had a hard time throwing pebbles in the ocean finishing 3-15 from the field for season-low ten points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four turnovers. And without the usual 57.6 points these two average, the Nuggets were just plain out of it.
I guess the bright side of all this was DerMarr Johnson and Jamal Sampson each had a deuce. I’m happy for them, seriously.