Michael Porter Jr. gets start, scores career-high 19 (VIDEO)

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There was a lot of Michael Porter Jr. hype coming out of Denver before the season. On a team banking largely on continuity, he was going to be the difference, the high-ceiling rookie who sat out last season but could play a growing role for the Nuggets this season.

It hasn’t worked out that way, Porter has played a limited role and had little impact on the Nuggets. However, on Sunday night, with Paul Millsap and Gary Harris out injured, Porter Jr. got the start.

He responded with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and he played a career-high 26 minutes against Sacramento.

Porter Jr. got most of his buckets in the paint.

Maybe this is the breakthrough, the moment that Porter does start to influence games for the Nuggets. One game with 19 points is just that until we see it replicated.

But this is a strong outing and a good start.