Video: Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee pushes Malik Beasley too hard in Shaqtin’ A Fool moment
The Denver Nuggets center pushed Malik Beasley too hard during a defensive switch halfway through the fourth quarter. Emmanuel Mudiay was on his way to the basket. Plumlee tried to put Beasley on a better defensive position to prevent a kick-out pass, but the third-year guard found himself down on the floor instead.
Mudiay eventually drove past Plumlee for the layup, trimming the deficit down to five points, 103-98. Mudiay sustained the momentum in the ensuing play, as he converted a jumper to make it a one-possession game. However, the Nuggets answered with big baskets down the stretch en route to a 115-108 win.
Why'd Plumlee do his own teammate like that? 😂 pic.twitter.com/dq6SXRlI7f
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 2, 2019
Beasley had a solid night for the Nuggets, as he finished with 23 points on top of six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes of action. Nikola Jokic had another triple-double performance with 19 points, 15 assists, and 14 rebounds.
Torrey Craig added 13 points and four rebounds. Veteran forward Paul Millsap posted 16 points and nine rebounds to go along with two steals and two assists. The Nuggets outscored the Knicks in the final period, 33-24, avoiding an upset in their first game this year.
Enes Kanter led the balanced attack of the Knicks with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Luke Kornet had 19 points and six boards, Kevin Knox tallied 18 points, while Tim Hardaway Jr. ended up with 16 markers. Mudiay racked up 15 points, nine assists, and three rebounds for the Knicks.
The Nuggets improved to 24-11 to remain on top of the Western Conference standings. The Knicks, on the other hand, dropped to 9-29, which is the second-worst record in the league, just half-a-game better than Cleveland Cavaliers 8-29 record.