After a lengthy absence with a mysterious foot injury, Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris returned to the starting lineup against Portland last night and boy did he make an impact fast. Not only did his presence ignite an improved defensive effort by the team, but he showed how valuable he is to Denver’s offense as well.

Harris scored 18 points while shooting 63.6 percent from the field, including a sizzling three of four from deep. His ability to space the floor was sorely missed by the Nuggets starting lineup, but what was even more impressive last night (and an underrated aspect of his game overall) were his cuts to the basket, which resulted in some easy layups and a few highlight-reel worthy plays.

Harris was able to fill out the stat sheet in other ways, too. In addition to his offensive output, he dished out six assists, grabbed four rebounds, and had two steals and a block.

Welcome back, Gary!