The short-term absence of Davis crushed the Pelicans on Friday. Harris returned to the court tonight and had the highest +/- for the Nuggets with a +41. The four-time All-Star left the game in the third quarter and did not return, leading to the Nuggets breaking open what had become a relatively competitive game.
Davis had 17 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of action before his injury. But things immediately turned around in the second quarter and Davis poured in 11 points and two assists in the period to help New Orleans cut its deficit to 64-56 going into halftime. The Pelicans' perimeter defense was horrid through the first few minutes of the game and it seemed like Denver was getting wide-open shots one just about every possession. Denver was luckily able to convert New Orleans' turnovers into 20 points. Three Nuggets players (Murray Gary Harris and Paul Millsap) had double figures in scoring by the end of the first quarter.
Eventually, he was joined by trainers and taken to the locker room to begin the league's concussion protocol to determine whether on not he received an injury to his brain.
Denver ended up cruising to their ninth victory of the season and their sixth win in the past eight games. New Orleans trailed by 27 at one point in the first quarter.
The Nuggets followed their worst offensive performance of the season in a loss at Portland with one of their best quarters to start Friday's game.