Jo­kic, Chan­dler help Nuggets roll past Pac­ers in Lon­don

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Zac Boyer

Ital­ian star Danilo Gal­li­nari and the Denver Nuggets made them­selves right at home at O2 Arena.

Gal­li­nari scored 18 points and had what coach Mike Malone said was eas­ily his best game of the sea­son to help Denver beat the In­di­ana Pac­ers 140-112 on Thurs­day night in the NBA’s Global Games se­ries.

“Just to come back to Europe and play in front of these fans, it was great,” said Gal­li­nari, who wore knee-high socks adorned with the Union Jack and Lon­don skyline. “Hope­fully, the fans had a good show.”

The Nuggets snapped a five-game los­ing streak and ended the Pac­ers’ fiveg­ame win­ning streak.

“I joked with our guys af­ter the game, ‘I think we’re go­ing to stay here in Lon­don and play our home games here,”’ Malone said. “Our guys were very com­fort­able out there and we had one of our best per­for­mances.”

Nikola Jo­kic had 22 points and 10 re­bounds, and Wilson Chan­dler added 21 points for the Nuggets. They outscored the Pac­ers 39-20 in the third quar­ter, shoot­ing 73.7 per­cent in the pe­riod to put it away.

Denver trailed only once, when Kevin Seraphin gave the Pac­ers a 31-30 lead early in the sec­ond quar­ter, and fin­ished with a sea­son high in scor­ing.

C.J. Miles had 20 points, and Jeff Teague added 14 points and nine as­sists for In­di­ana. The Pac­ers had won five in a row, scor­ing at least 120 points in each vic­tory.

“We didn’t show up tonight. I don’t have a rea­son for that,” Pac­ers coach Nate McMil­lan said. “Denver, they came, showed up and played well, and I didn’t think that we showed up tonight.”

The Nuggets had con­ceded at least 120 points in each of their five losses, and when Malone asked play­ers be­fore the game what the key to vic­tory would be, Gal­li­nari who spoke up and said de­fense.

Gal­li­nari, matched oneon-one with In­di­ana scor­ing leader Paul Ge­orge for much of the game, held his coun­ter­part to just 12 points on 2-for-12 shoot­ing.

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