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Chris Paul, the 'Point God,' and the Thunder handed the Nuggets their fist divisional loss of the season, a 113-101 defeat in both team's first game following the All-Star break.

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – B- Solid throughout, I didn’t really have any complaints from Bellemare. He won his share of faceoffs (63%), had a shot on goal (more than one would be nice) and was positive in pretty much all of the shot metrics you care about. He was fine. Andre Burakovsky – C- I didn’t notice him a lot offensively…...

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Jamal Murray missed just just three of his 17 field goal attempts Saturday night. He misfired only twice on eight attempts from beyond the arc. But Murray’s most impressive play in the Nuggets’ 117-108 win over the Phoenix Suns didn’t result in an additional two or three points to the right of his name on Denver’s boxscore. Looking to put…...

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And just like that the lead was gone. It took only 8 1/2 second-quarter minutes for the Detroit Pistons to fully erase what was at one point a 21-point first-quarter deficit. From there it was game on. After the Nuggets hit on 10 of their first 11 field goal attempts and outscored the Pistons 44-30 in the first Detroit countered,…...

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Twenty four hours before the Nuggets tipped off Friday night in Milwaukee, Michael Malone declare the Denver’s come-from-behind victory over the Utah Jazz as “maybe” the win of the season. He had to amend that statement the following night. The Nuggets’ 127-115 win against the Bucks might not just be Denver’s best victory of the year. It may be one…...

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Make it eight in a row. The Nuggets fell to the Rockets 121-105 Wednesday, their eighth-consecutive loss to James Harden and Co. in Houston. The last time Denver beat the Rockets on the road? Oct. 28. 2015. Nikola Jokic came off the bench that night and logged four minutes. He scored one basket. It was also the first game of…...

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Any win down three starters is a great win, and that’s how Sunday’s matchup against the Indiana Pacers was trending through three quarters. But in the fourth the Nuggets faltered. Indiana outscored Denver 41-26 over the final 12 minutes of regulation and the Pacers came all the way back from a double-digit third-quarter deficit to even score at 91-91 with…...

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Pierre Edouard Bellemare – C I think tonight was a pretty good example of who Bellemare has been most of his career. A solid NHL player with a very limited offensive ceiling and who helps in niche ways, one of which is faceoffs. He got crushed in the FO circle tonight and that’s not great. The rest, though, I think…...

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It was somewhat of a predictable bounce back performance. After an embarrassing loss Saturday at home to the lowly Cavs, the Nuggets looked like a different team 24 hours later against the playoff-bound Clippers. Denver hit its 3s, the Nuggets out-rebounded their opponent, and their defense locked in for key stretches across the second half. It resulted in a 114-104…...

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The Nuggets used a combination of perfectly-executed double teams and strong team defense to beat the Houston Rockets in the two team’s first meeting earlier this season. Denver didn’t get either of those two things this time around in Houston. The Rockets trounced the Nuggets 130-104 to even the season series with Denver at one game apiece. James Harden led…...

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Throughout the entire 2019-20 season, DNVR will be giving you game grades from every Denver Broncos’ contest. Evaluating all the starters and beyond to give you a better look at the team’s strengths and weaknesses on a game-by-game basis. Just like that, another season of Broncos grades is in the books. Denver’s final game against the Raiders was an ugly,…...

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Throughout the entire 2019-20 season, DNVR will be giving you game grades from every Denver Broncos’ contest. Evaluating all the starters and beyond to give you a better look at the team’s strengths and weaknesses on a game-by-game basis. Denver found how easy life can be against a weaker opponent on both sides of the trenches, with an equally as…...

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At 20-8 the Denver Nuggets are off to their best start…ever. That’s right. Nikola Jokic suffered through the worst offensive slump of his career, the Nuggets’ offense still hasn’t clicked (they currently rank 13th in offense), and Denver’s bench has struggled to string together solid offensive and defensive quarters, let alone games. Yet, the Nuggets — in their 50-plus season…...

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Down by 15 points at halftime and by 19 early in the third quarter, the Nuggets were trending towards one of their more disappointing losses of the season. Paul Millsap had other ideas. Millsap scored seven-straight points beginning at the 9:11 mark of the third and sprung the Nuggets on a 24-0 run over the next six minutes to take…...

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Throughout the entire 2019-20 season, DNVR will be giving you game grades from every Denver Broncos’ contest. Evaluating all the starters and beyond to give you a better look at the team’s strengths and weaknesses on a game-by-game basis. In a snowy Arrowhead stadium, the Broncos were thoroughly outmatched in a 23-3 defeat that never felt competitive once the Kansas…...

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Leading by 20 points in the first half and by 16 at the halftime break, the Nuggets looked to be cruising to an easy victory over the lowly New York Knicks. But then a third quarter transpired that the Nuggets and Michael Malone would like to forget. The Knicks outscored the Nuggets 33-20 in the third quarter and even led…...

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Michael Malone couldn’t hide his frustration any longer. After watching what he believed to be a foul committed on Nikola Jokic right in front of the Nuggets’ bench go uncalled, Denver’s coach ran out onto the floor to protest the non-call. Referee Evan Scott quickly signaled for a technical as assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. rushed to hold Malone back.…...

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Throughout the entire 2019-20 season, DNVR will be giving you game grades from every Denver Broncos’ contest. Evaluating all the starters and beyond to give you a better look at the team’s strengths and weaknesses on a game-by-game basis. Just like that, in a stunning 38-23 upset in Houston, the Denver Broncos were back to playing winning football on both…...

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It has become routine for the Nuggets to shower Gary Harris with a chorus of “First Team” in the locker room after some of Denver’s most impressive victories this season, championing the two-guard’s legitimate case for a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive Team. Some of Harris’ individually defensive highlights this season include holding Luka Doncic to 12 points on 3…...

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Michael Malone isn’t one for moral victories, but the Nuggets’ 108-95 loss Friday in Boston came with a big silver lining. Nikola Jokic, who’s been mired in the worst offensive slumps of his career, scored a season-high 30 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two blocks. Jokic shot an efficient 13 of 21 from the…...

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