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The Denver Nuggets just wanted to stay healthy. They were one win away from clinching home court when they tipped off in Charlotte Tuesday night, but the top priority was health — especially considering the lack of incentive to chase down the third seed. Yet the Nuggets won all the same, in large part thanks to Michael Porter Jr.’s 30…...

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The Denver Nuggets rested Paul Millsap and sat Aaron Gordon (right calf tightness) in the second game of a back-to-back Saturday night. Michael Malone turned to the end of the bench for long stretches as the Nuggets opened up a substantial first-half lead over the Brooklyn Nets. But Blake Griffin caught fire in the third, while Kyrie Irving and Kevin…...

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It’s the season of Nikola Jokić. The NBA’s inevitable MVP is the bell of the ball these days and the center of attention in Wednesday night’s blowout of the Knicks. Jokić ended this game in his first stint, doubling up the Knicks by himself with 24 points in the first frame. He didn’t “effectively” end the game. He erased all…...

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The Denver Nuggets never quite found their way in defeat at the hands of the Lakers Monday night. The Nuggets stayed connected in a slog featuring some underwhelming first-half performances from Nikola Jokić and Michael Porter. The entire game looked as though it took place underwater as both teams gritted their teeth through a nationally televised grind fest. It wasn’t…...

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The Denver Nuggets are on another tear. Every time the basketball gods check the gut of this team, the Nuggets respond. Without Jamal Murray, Will Barton III, Monte Morris, and despite Michael Porter Jr.’s sprained left ankle, Denver pulled away from the Toronto Raptors late in the second game of a back-to-back. The Nuggets should have run out of gas,…...

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The Denver Nuggets closed the door tight on the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night. All they had to do was walk away. Inexplicably, they turned around and kicked the thing wide open again. The Pelicans closed the game on a 16-5 run after the Nuggets led by 13 with 3:18 remaining. As the Nuggets struggled to clear the lowest of…...

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The Denver Nuggets played host to the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night, and this time, Memphis was much closer to full strength. That didn’t slow down Nikola Jokić and Michael Porter Jr., however. The second unit busted the game wide open in the second half, and then the starters shut the door. The Nuggets aren’t feeling sorry for themselves. Let’s go…...

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The Denver Nuggets played the game in front of them Saturday night, and they played it well. With a full day to adjust to their new reality without Will Barton and playing a Houston Rockets team with just seven active players, Denver got back on track in Ball Arena. You have to nail the ‘Get Right’ games, and Denver got…...

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The Denver Nuggets would have endured a loss to the Golden State Warriors. Suboptimal that result would have been, it would be a far easier pill to swallow than what followed. But the Nuggets lost more than the game in Chase Center Friday night. After losing Jamal Murray indefinitely at the very end of a game in the same building,…...

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The Denver Nuggets are now 4-0 since star guard Jamal Murray tore his ACL. The latest win comes on the road over a Portland Trail Blazers team that loaded up for victory. The previously inactive Damian Lillard returned, hoping for one landmark victory that could swing their season. But the Nuggets wouldn’t have it. Late game heroics from Jokić and…...

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The Denver Nuggets should have lost their game with the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night. There are no two ways about it — given the effort turned in without Jamal Murray and Monte Morris, they should have lost that game. But the MVP plays in Denver, and MVPs don’t care for what should happen. They take what should be, what might…...

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One down. Seventeen games left to go. The Denver Nuggets passed their first test of the new season without Jamal Murray Wednesday night. With the news of Murray’s ACL fresh on the mind, Michael Malone, Nikola Jokić, and the rest of the Nuggets had the task of setting the tone for what follows. Will Denver roll over and accept their…...

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All good things must come to an end. The Boston Celtics snapped the Denver Nuggets’ winning streak at eight Sunday afternoon by a final score of 105-87. The starters came out hot again, but the bench gave an extra poor performance. Twice the starters built a comfortable lead only for it to evaporate when the second unit checked in. Jamal…...

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The Denver Nuggets have won eight games in a row. They took sole possession of the longest current winning streak in the NBA and longest winning streak in the Malone era with a 121-119 win over the San Antonio Spurs Friday night. The Spurs showed resilience. Denver kicked it into their new S gear and pressed their foot on the…...

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The Denver Nuggets wrapped up a home back-to-back with the San Antonio Spurs in town Wednesday night. Denver plodded their way through another first quarter but rallied in the second quarter after head coach Michael Malone’s ejection. After yet another no-call for Nikola Jokić, Malone stormed onto the court, stopping a Spurs fast break, and berated the nearest official. Malone…...

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So much had changed when the Denver Nuggets suited up for a basketball game Sunday night. Fans were back in the building — a limited capacity of season ticket holders was spattered across the upper levels to greet the new-look Nuggets in what is now called Ball Arena. Gary Harris was there. RJ Hampton too. Both suited up for the…...

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The Los Angeles Clippers series is when Jerami Grant earned his money. He wasn’t the answer in the opening round against Utah and underwhelmed in the regular season, but the great defense on Kawhi Leonard changed his basketball life. The Denver Nuggets took their ‘Earned’ jerseys into Staples Center Thursday night, hoping to learn how new acquisition Aaron Gordon would…...

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The Denver Nuggets erupted for 44 points in the first quarter as the starters tore through the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. Playing in front of roughly 2000 frontline workers and KSE employees, Denver shot out the gates and seized the game immediately. “We were making shots. We were playing for each other. We were playing defense. We were running. We…...

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The new-look Denver Nuggets took on the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night in their ‘Earned’ edition jerseys. Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee were both active, and Gordon caught his first start in Paul Millsap’s place. With just one new player in the lineup, somehow, the Nuggets looked a completely different team. Suddenly teeming with size and athleticism, the starters rolled in…...

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