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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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The last time Michael Porter Jr. was a part of a starting lineup was November 10, 2017. The setting was Mizzou Arena. The opponent was Iowa State. Porter played just two minutes in Missouri’s season opener before leaving the game with a hip injury that sidelined him for the next four months. Seven hundred and eighty days, a redshirt season…...

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Will Barton tried to block it out, but his mind kept wandering as he ran up and down the Pepsi Center hardwood Saturday. Barton was thinking about Louis Grant, who was shot and killed Friday morning in Baltimore. Grant, 26, was Barton’s cousin. “I couldn’t stop thinking about him during the game. I couldn’t stop,” Barton told DNVR after the Nuggets’ 118-110…...

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Michael Malone summed up the general feeling around his team pretty well as the Nuggets passed the Christmas Day landmark on the NBA calendar earlier this week. “Our guys are great. They understand that we’re not satisfied being 21-9, 7-1 (in the last eight games),” Malone said Friday. “We can still play so much better and that’s the scary thing…...

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Did anyone have flashbacks to last May and the Nuggets and Trail Blazers’ Western Conference semifinal matchup while watching the Pelicans bully the Nuggets on national TV in Denver’s first Christmas Day game since 2012? In that playoff series, CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard poured in 26.4 and 25.1 points per piece across seven games. But it was what the…...

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The Nuggets’ regular season tipped off on Oct. 23 but it’s said the season doesn’t really start until Christmas. So if you haven’t kept up with the Nuggets until now, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. The Nuggets are 21-8 heading into their Christmas Day matchup with the Pelicans (8-23) who are still without No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson.…...

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Was the Phoenix Suns’ zone defense really going to end the Nuggets’ six-game winning streak? For most of Monday’s second half it seemed like it was. After the Nuggets took a 56-49 lead into the halftime break, the Suns stormed out of the locker room to outscore Denver 32-26 in the third quarter. The Nuggets looked lost against the Suns’…...

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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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Before you could say “the ball is popping” the Nuggets were out to a double-digit advantage over the Timberwolves. Denver opened Friday’s matchup by draining six of its first seven shots from the field, three of its first four 3s, and led Minnesota 17-7 after just four minutes of action. The Nuggets expanded their lead to 13 after 12 minutes…...

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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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Gary Harris is averaging 37.2 minutes per game over the Nuggets’ current three-game winning streak. That’s too many for Michael Malone. “The greatest challenge I have now is I can’t continue to play Gary Harris 38 minutes a night. I really can’t,” Malone said Tuesday. “Sometimes I get caught in the moment. I’m worried about the Knicks. We’ve got to…...

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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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Take stock of one moment in particular from the Nuggets’ 114-99 win over the Trail Blazers. With three minutes gone in the second quarter, Carmelo Anthony was isolated on the right wing against Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. Melo crossed the ball from right to left then went between his legs and blew past Porter on his way to an…...

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Carmelo Anthony’s best memory from his 7 1/2 year run with the Nuggets? No surprise, it was Denver’s trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2009. But when ‘Melo looks back at his Nuggets’ tenure, it’s not the seven-consecutive playoff appearances or the three 50-plus win seasons that stick out. It’s how those Nuggets teams helped change how the city…...

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At the 21-game mark of the 2018-19 season the Nuggets were 14-7. And through 21 games this year, Denver’s record bears the same number of wins and losses. But while last year’s start was filled with optimism, the Nuggets don’t have the same holiday cheer percolating around their team this December. Why is that? With greater expectations comes harsher criticism.…...

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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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Jamal Murray dribbled around a Nikola Jokic screen and took two hard dribbles with his right hand before riffling a one-handed bounce pass to Denver’s big man barreling towards the basket. For one of the few times in the Nuggets’ 105-96 loss to the Lakers, the Murray-Jokic pick-and-roll surfaced, and late in the fourth quarter a much-needed Jokic floater from…...

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Michael Malone recently spent time watching game film from the 2018-19 season….of the Thunder. But it wasn’t in preparation for an upcoming matchup against Oklahoma City. Denver’s coach was in search of more creative ways to feature Jerami Grant on the offensive end of the floor. Grant wasn’t being used to his full potential through the Nuggets’ first several games…...

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