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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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Much has changed since the Minnesota Timberwolves ended a 14-year playoff drought by breaking Denver’s six-game win streak, and hearts, in the final game of the 2017-18 season. The Timberwolves haven’t been back to the postseason since. As Minnesota’s future has trended down, the Nuggets’ has grown increasingly bright, and the Wolves haven’t won a head-to-head matchup in their last…...

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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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You know the formula. The Denver Nuggets played a game on national television and their opponents, the Golden State Warriors, brought with them the league’s worst record—this is Denver’s perfect storm. The Nuggets were bound to struggle, but that de-facto handicap wasn’t enough to brace us for the children’s soccer game that ensued. Any win is a good win without…...

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Coming into the season, the Denver Nuggets were projected to have one of the best benches in the NBA thanks to a roster that features at least 12 players who all could earn playing time on almost every team in the league. Malik Beasley is likely to be a popular free agent this summer yet he finds himself on the…...

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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 Denver Nuggets entered Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with five losses to teams with less than 15 wins and six losses to teams with a record below .500. The Cavs had yet to win a game against a team with a winning record. It all added up to peak exasperation when the Nuggets trailed the Cavs nearly…...

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Since hiring head coach Michael Malone in June of 2015, Denver Nuggets have quietly developed an elite young core without sacrificing their ability to win games in the meantime. They’ve proven to be one of the top teams out West, at least in the regular season, but have managed to fly under the radar. The Nuggets don’t draw a lot…...

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It’s easy to forget that, save for Gary Harris, Will Barton III has spent as much time alongside Nikola Jokić as any Denver Nugget. It was Barton who sat next to Jokić at the start of last season, having both just signed extensions with the team, and joked to the media that they were Denver’s version of Kobe and Shaq.…...

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The Washington Wizards were without Bradley Beal, Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans, Thomas Bryant, Moritz Wagner, C.J. Miles, and John Wall when they hosted the 24-10 Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. They dropped 128 points and won by 14. It was the worst loss of the season for the Nuggets, if not any team in the league. The Nuggets looked ready…...

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Where were you on January 2nd, 2020? Michael Porter Jr. and the Denver Nuggets were in Indiana, looking to hand the Pacers their first home loss in six games and bounce back after a meltdown in Houston. It didn’t look good early—Nikola Jokić spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, and the Nuggets never led…...

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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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In a surprising series of events, Denver Nuggets’ guard Gary Harris was added to the injury report as “PROBABLE” with a shin contusion. Roughly an hour before tip-off, the team downgraded him to “OUT,” the starters were announced, and Michael Porter Jr. was listed at the small forward position. It wasn’t technically a debut, nor was it the first time…...

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It’s like Christmas night never happened. The Denver Nuggets looked themselves again on Saturday night as they led wire-to-wire in a 119-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. And by looked themselves, I mean the complete package—building up a big lead, failing to close out the half strong, losing focus on defense in the third quarter, but pulling out a win…...

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The Denver Nuggets entered their Christmas game with the New Orleans Pelicans riding a seven-game winning streak while boasting the best offensive efficiency in the NBA during that span. Denver was hosting the first-ever Christmas game in Pepsi Center history, and the holiday spirit permeated the arena as a buzzing crowd filed in and found their seats. The Nuggets had…...

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If you missed this game, as one too many Nuggets fans have this season, an apt summary might be one that skips to its thrilling conclusion. Four quarters of basketball had nearly come and gone before Denver secured their seventh consecutive win with a clutch three, an icy clutch step-back, a clutch substitution, and a game-sealing block. The Nuggets made…...

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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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The Denver Nuggets entered Friday night’s division showdown with the Minnesota Timberwolves hoping to complete their first 5-0 home stand since 2012. With No Karl-Anthony Towns in the lineup, the Nuggets were favored by ten at the tip—but in classic 2019-20 Nuggets’ fashion, they failed to complete the blowout as a once 19-point lead shrank down to 2 with 05:23…

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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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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