This was not good.
Just 90 minutes before Friday's tipoff, Wilson Chandler came hobbling into the trainer's room. Seemed he had rolled his ankle in warm-ups. The training staff spent 20 minutes giving the Nuggets forward treatment. Chandler was determined to play — and sure enough, he played the best game of his NBA career.
Fans will remember Friday's game as the one when Ty Lawson hit the buzzer beater against Oklahoma City, but the game was Chandler's masterpiece, a career-high 35 points and 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.
A healthy Chandler — he missed much of the season while recovering from hip surgery — means deep Denver has yet another weapon off its bench. And while his shooting dipped earlier in February, he has put up quality showings in four of the past five games. There were the 22 points at Washington and the 11-6-3 game in the win at Charlotte. He poured in 23, with three 3-pointers, in the smackdown of the Lakers.
And following a poor outing at Portland, "Ill Will" was surreal against Oklahoma City, tying the most points by an NBA reserve this season, while joining a list with Paul Pierce, Stephen Curry, Nicolas Batum and James Harden of players who, in one game, scored 35 or more points, shot 65 percent or better and made at least five 3-pointers.
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Denver Post | Mar 3