Coming off the bench, Grant chipped in 29 points, a career high, on just 15 shots in 29 minutes. The Nuggets backup forward went 12-of-15 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line, showing off his versatile inside-outside game against an outmatched opponent. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray could have had more points than they did, but some of those extra scoring opportunities went to Grant, and he delivered. With catch-and-shoot threes, dribble jumpers, slashes to the rim, and dunks off passes from Murray and others, Grant was a threat all over the floor.
This is the version of Grant the Nuggets were hoping would emerge when they acquired him over the summer. His fit on the team has been difficult, and the power forward position in Denver’s offense is difficult to master, but Grant seems to be getting the hang of it. The better he plays, the better Denver’s chances are going forward. He has the athleticism and mentality to guard some of the most difficult covers in the NBA, and if he continues to hit his jump shots at a high rate, the Nuggets are in a great spot.