The Denver Nuggets have been very successful thanks to a young nucleus of talent, led by Danilo Gallinari. However, as much as the trade for Gallinari has paid off, they still express appreciation for Chauncey Billups.
Billups returns to Denver on Sunday as the Los Angeles Clippers look to snap the Nuggets' six-game winning streak.
When Denver traded Billups and Carmelo Anthony to New York last season, it signified a youth movement for the Nuggets (14-5). Yet they've shown a flashy star isn't necessary for success.
Denver has averaged 109.7 points during a six-game winning streak. Gallinari, the big acquisition for the Nuggets in last February's trade, has averaged 25.5 points in the last four wins.
Gallinari, who signed a four-year, $42 million contract extension Wednesday, scored 21 points in a 96-81 win over Toronto on Friday.
Rudy Fernandez led Denver with a season-high 23 points. He missed the previous two games with a sore right Achilles and had played less than 22 minute...