Feb 7, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Jeremy Tyler (4) fouls Denver Nuggets small forward Quincy Miller (30) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won 117-90. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - Sloppy doesn't begin to describe the Nuggets performance against New York Friday night.
Denver recorded a season-high eleven turnovers in the second quarter alone and 24 total for the game as the Nuggets were subsequently blown out 117-90.
"Pretty much the whole game, we were turning the ball over at the beginning of the game and they were too," said head coach Brian Shaw following the game as Madison Square Garden.
The Nuggets had the lead after the first quarter but it was a mini-run that Shaw pointed to at the end of the half that his team could never recover from. Tied at 44 points apiece, Denver turned the ball over on five straight possessions and the game was, in effect, over.
"For us, we cannot afford to have those shot attempts when we turn the ball over. We can't get back in transition. We start to foul and now they start to see the ball go through the basket. It's just a snowball effect and it started with us turning the ball over," he explained.
New York took a six point lead into halftime - 25 points total came off of turnovers - and Denver would get no closer.
Former Nugget Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting and he did that without even having to play the final quarter due to the margin of the game. Shaw also rested point guard Ty Lawson when the game was obviously out of reach.
"You don't want to start off the road trip like this. We got off to a good start in the fourth quarter and then it went downhill from there," Shaw pointed out. The Knicks steadily increased their point total per quarter scoring 20 in the first, 30 in the second, 33 in the third and then finally 34 in the fourth quarter.
"Luckily there weren't more quarters or who knows what the score would have been," he continued.
It's becoming a disturbing trend, as the Nuggets are averaging over 20 turnovers per game since they lost their back-up point guard Nate Robinson for the season with a knee injury.
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