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Hernangomez scores 25 to lead Nuggets past Hawks, 138-93

DENVER (AP) Criticized by their coach for slow, stagnant play, the Denver Nuggets reverted to a fast-break style that carried their offense to new highs.

Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 25 points to lead seven Nuggets in double figures and Denver set the tone for a runaway victory with a big first quarter Thursday night, beating the Atlanta Hawks 138-93.

''We just played with freedom,'' Hernangomez said. ''Everybody played hard, everybody played really good defense and after our defense, it was easy to run. It's who we are. Last season we played like this. Everybody ran, everybody cut, everybody shot. I think we're in a great mode.''

Paul Millsap and Gary Harris added 18 points apiece for the Nuggets, who unleashed a torrid offensive display to snap their season-high, four-game losing streak.

''It started right from the get-go,'' said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who took his team to task the day before for playing what he described as predictable basketball. ''This has been coming ... 35 assists, to shoot the ball as well as we did throughout the game, our starters, the guys off the bench, it was great to see.''

Jamal Murray, who came off the bench rather than start, had 14 points, as did Trey Lyles.

Denver outshot Atlanta 56.4 percent to 34.8 percent from the field and pushed the pace throughout, getting up and down the floor and wearing down the Hawks, who like to run themselves but were also playing at altitude and in the midst of a four-game road trip.

''It wasn't the altitude, it was the lack of effort,'' Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. ''This one stung. Everyone has a game like tonight. It's frustrating when you have to speak to effort and this wasn't any fun. Tonight we didn't have it for some reason. We'll regroup and stay together tomorrow on our day off.''

Jeremy Lin scored 16 points and Kent Bazemore had 14 in the Hawks' sixth straight loss.

The Nuggets outscored Atlanta 13-0 to start the game en route to a 35-23 advantage after one quarter, when Atlanta missed 13 of its first 21 shots.

''We've got to stop putting ourselves in that situation,'' the Hawks' Omari Spellman said. ''It's not acceptable that we keep coming out like that. We can't wait till we get punched in the mouth to compete.''

Denver stretched its lead to 73-57 lead at the half. It was the most points scored in the first two quarters this season by the Nuggets, who forced the Hawks into 10 turnovers in that span, eight by steals.

Millsap, who spent four seasons with the Hawks before coming to Denver as a free agent two years ago, was at the center of the defensive effort, getting all four of his steals in the first half.

The Nuggets surpassed the century mark on a three-point play by Millsap for a 101-68 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter. By the start of the fourth quarter, the Nuggets were up by 36 points and substituting freely.

TIP-INS

Hawks: F Taurean Prince was held out of the game because of Achilles tendon soreness. ''After shootaround, he just didn't feel comfortable testing it out tonight, so a night of rest,'' Pierce said.

Nuggets: The previous high for points in the first half was 68 against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 23. ... The total by Denver was nine points off its season high for a game, 147 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 17.

RESERVE FOR THE NIGHT

Malone said Murray began the game on the bench because ''he had a small violation of team rules. We went with Monte (Morris) and Jamal will be back in the lineup against New Orleans.''

UP NEXT

Hawks: Visit Indiana on Saturday night.

Nuggets: Visit New Orleans on Saturday night.

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Key Players
T. Young
11 PG
N. Jokic
15 C
29.6 Min. Per Game 29.6
17.5 Pts. Per Game 17.5
6.9 Ast. Per Game 6.9
10.4 Reb. Per Game 10.4
40.0 Field Goal % 52.0
40.4 Three Point % 52.4
81.4 Free Throw % 82.2
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Lydon 0:08
  Daniel Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Huerter 0:26
  DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:30
  Offensive rebound by Trey Lyles 0:40
  Malik Beasley missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:43
  Defensive rebound by DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell 0:58
  Omari Spellman missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:01
  Defensive rebound by Omari Spellman 1:07
  Out of bounds turnover on Daniel Hamilton 1:22
+ 2 Juancho Hernangomez made layup 1:31
Team Stats
Points 93 138
Field Goals 32-92 (34.8%) 53-94 (56.4%)
3-Pointers 9-42 (21.4%) 13-31 (41.9%)
Free Throws 20-27 (74.1%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 48 66
Offensive 15 11
Defensive 28 45
Team 5 10
Assists 20 34
Steals 7 12
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 19 15
Fouls 22 24
Technicals 1 0
10 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Hawks 3-12 2334162093
home team logo Nuggets 10-5 35383629138
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 3-12 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Nuggets 10-5 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
Key Players
J. Lin PG PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Hernangomez PF 5.8 PPG 3.8 RPG 0.8 APG 43.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Lin PG 16 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
J. Hernangomez PF 25 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
34.8 FG% 56.4
21.4 3PT FG% 41.9
74.1 FT% 76.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Bazemore 14 2 0 4/8 1/4 5/5 0 20 0 0 1 1 1 -25 15
O. Spellman 10 10 3 4/15 0/7 2/2 3 26 3 1 1 3 7 -27 29
A. Len 6 5 0 2/6 0/1 2/3 3 12 0 2 2 3 2 -14 11
T. Young 6 2 5 2/11 0/4 2/2 1 26 1 0 5 0 2 -22 14
D. Bembry 2 2 1 1/8 0/2 0/0 3 16 0 1 0 0 2 -24 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Bazemore 14 2 0 4/8 1/4 5/5 0 20 0 0 1 1 1 -25 15
O. Spellman 10 10 3 4/15 0/7 2/2 3 26 3 1 1 3 7 -27 29
A. Len 6 5 0 2/6 0/1 2/3 3 12 0 2 2 3 2 -14 11
T. Young 6 2 5 2/11 0/4 2/2 1 26 1 0 5 0 2 -22 14
D. Bembry 2 2 1 1/8 0/2 0/0 3 16 0 1 0 0 2 -24 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Lin 16 5 5 4/10 3/7 5/7 5 25 0 0 4 2 3 -27 27
V. Carter 11 1 0 4/6 3/5 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 1 0 -14 12
A. Poythress 11 4 4 5/8 0/3 1/2 2 23 1 0 1 3 1 -11 23
K. Huerter 10 3 1 4/10 2/6 0/1 1 28 1 0 2 1 2 -20 14
M. Plumlee 3 3 0 1/3 0/0 1/2 1 16 0 1 2 0 3 -24 5
T. Dorsey 3 6 1 1/5 0/2 1/1 1 19 1 0 0 1 5 -6 12
D. Hamilton 1 0 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 7 0 0 1 0 0 -11 0
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Dedmon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Adams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Waller-Prince - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Collins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 93 43 20 32/92 9/42 20/27 22 234 7 5 19 15 28 -225 169
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Hernangomez 25 9 1 9/12 2/5 5/7 3 31 1 0 1 4 5 +46 36
P. Millsap 18 9 5 8/13 1/2 1/1 2 24 4 2 1 3 6 +35 42
G. Harris 18 3 4 7/9 2/3 2/3 2 27 0 2 1 0 3 +34 30
N. Jokic 12 9 7 5/11 1/2 1/2 3 25 4 1 2 1 8 +37 38
M. Morris 8 2 2 4/9 0/2 0/0 3 29 1 0 0 0 2 +23 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Hernangomez 25 9 1 9/12 2/5 5/7 3 31 1 0 1 4 5 +46 36
P. Millsap 18 9 5 8/13 1/2 1/1 2 24 4 2 1 3 6 +35 42
G. Harris 18 3 4 7/9 2/3 2/3 2 27 0 2 1 0 3 +34 30
N. Jokic 12 9 7 5/11 1/2 1/2 3 25 4 1 2 1 8 +37 38
M. Morris 8 2 2 4/9 0/2 0/0 3 29 1 0 0 0 2 +23 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Beasley 15 3 3 6/14 1/5 2/3 2 23 1 0 1 1 2 +6 24
T. Lyles 14 8 4 5/7 1/1 3/4 1 27 0 0 5 1 7 +13 25
J. Murray 14 4 5 4/10 3/6 3/3 1 23 0 1 1 0 4 +18 28
M. Plumlee 6 5 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 3 12 0 0 3 1 4 -7 10
T. Lydon 6 1 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 +12 7
D. Akoon-Purcell 2 2 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 5 1 0 0 0 2 +12 9
T. Craig 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 -4 1
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Barton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 138 56 34 53/94 13/31 19/25 24 235 12 6 15 11 45 +225 265