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8 takeaways after Denver Nuggets’ loss at New Orleans Pelicans – The Denver Post

NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins went full “Boogie” Wednesday night, and the Denver Nuggets’ road struggles continued in a 123-114 loss at the Pelicans.

Here are eight takeaways from the defeat:

1. Not pleased. This was the shortest postgame media availability of the season. Coach Michael Malone’s blunt session was cut off after Altitude’s Ally Sturm’s three questions. Jamal Murray declined interview requests on his way out of the locker room. And other key players like Gary Harris and Will Barton were still showering by the time I needed to bail so I could hit my print deadline. So, we did not get much insight on some of the smaller nuances of the game beyond the obvious defensive woes.

2. Slowing the break. An under-the-radar development of this game? Denver was on pace to shatter its season high for fastbreak points when it racked up 24 in the first half. But after the break, the Nuggets tallied zero points in transition.

3. Doubling up. Trey Lyles quietly picked up a double-double, totaling 10 points and a season-high 11 rebounds (and four assists) in 27 minutes. He has now scored in double figures in three of the past four games.

4. Valuing the ball. One of the few positive developments for Denver on this road trip so far is the dip in turnovers. The Nuggets entered the week with one game with single-digit turnovers (six at Brooklyn in late October). They’ve now stayed under 10 giveaways in two consecutive games after totaling nine (for 13 points) against the Pelicans. The bad news? Denver is still losing even when cleaning up that area, though missing both Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap might have a little something to do with the recent performances.

5. Beasley Time. After displaying notable energy in Monday’s loss at Dallas, second-year guard Malik Beasley essentially got the minutes that had previously gone to Juancho Hernangomez. Beasley entered the game with Lyles late in the first quarter, then played six minutes in the second and nine minutes in the fourth. He finished with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting and added two assists.

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