Among the Nuggets, "Fournier" might as well be French for "confidence."
Evan Fournier is brimming with it.
That was most evident Friday when the Denver rookie scored a career-high 19 points in a career-high 21 minutes off the bench, helping the Nuggets rout the Brooklyn Nets 109-87 at the Pepsi Center. Before that game, Fournier had a total of 17 points in February and March.
Friday's performance by Fournier left Nuggets coach George Karl searching for the proper adjectives to describe it and fans wanting to see more from the 20-year-old native of Saint-Maurice, France.
With starting point guard Ty Lawson out because of torn plantar fascia in his right heel, Fournier figures to get more playing time.
"We are very confident. We trust him," forward Danilo Gallinari said. "He is very confident. He wants to play. We trust his game, and we trust his decisions."
In the Brooklyn game, Fournier hit 6-of-9 shots from the field. He also contributed two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Fournier isn't a point guard. But with Lawson out and Andre Miller the only true point guard available to play — Julyan Stone also is sidelined, by a sprained knee — the Nuggets need help from players who can handle the ball and make plays.
That's where Fournier, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, comes in.