INDIANAPOLIS • Denver’s old man, Andre Miller, can still deliver a decisive knockout punch when needed.
Indiana found out the hard way Friday night.
The 36-year-old guard played like a revitalized All-Star, scoring eight of his 15 points during a decisive 10-0 run to send the Nuggets past the Pacers 92-89.
“He knows how to get shots down the stretch better than some of our other guys, some of our younger guys,” coach George Karl said. “He was running the pick-and-roll actions better than anyone all game long, and he just has that old-man knack, that old-school knack.”
JaVale McGee had a season-high 20 points, and eight rebounds. Corey Brewer matched his season-high with 20 points, too, on a night only two Denver starters reached double figures — Kosta Koufos with 12 points and Andre Iguodala with 10.
But Miller delivered the scoring punch when Denver needed it most.
“We just want to keep providing some stability, some energy, so hopefully, it can carry over into the games,” Miller said as he walked out of the locker room.
Indiana (10-10) was looking for its first three-game winning streak this season and had a chance to force overtime when George Hill blocked Ty Lawson’s shot from the left corner with 8.8 seconds to go. Hill grabbed the loose ball and sprinted up the court, but rather than call timeout to set up a play, Hill circled around and threw up an off-balance 3-pointer that bounced off the side of the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Either way, it wasn’t good enough against the feisty Nuggets and suddenly revitalized Miller.