Mike Malone warns Rockets’ fourth quarter stat due to huge leads
The Denver Nuggets suffered a huge loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, 125-95, which is the biggest margin of defeat they’ve had so far this season. Although they prepared well for the game, including a warning from Michael Malone’s prior to the matchup, they were still blown out still on the night.
The fifth year head coach told his team to be aware that the Rockets score the most points in the first quarter, and the least in the fourth. While that could mean they lose games regularly, that has not been the case for them because they usually blow out their opponents and lead big heading into the last 12 minutes of action.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone noted that the Rockets rank first in NBA in first-quarter scoring (32.4) and last in fourth-quarter scoring (22.8). "You know why that is? Because they’re up by 30 going into the fourth quarter. That’s the only reason."
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After the third period, the Rockets were already on top by 34 points against the Nuggets, 101-67, and never relinquished their lead. Even without two gunners on the night, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, they still had more than enough weapons to win, led by Trevor Ariza and of course, James Harden and Chris Paul.
With both teams still scheduled to meet twice in the regular season, it will be very interesting to see how the Nuggets will try to avoid being blown out again by the Rockets. It will take a lot of adjustments, especially on defense, but Malone and his team learned a lot from Wednesday night, which can help them compete better next time.