Posted March 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Denver Nuggets are on the verge of securing their longest single-season home win streak in 24 years, and a matchup with a last-place opponent would appear to provide just the opportunity to accomplish that feat. The Minnesota Timberwolves, though, are one of the few teams to win in Denver this season and will seek another victory there Saturday night while trying to record their first win streak in three months. Denver (41-22) hasn't won 13 straight at home in one season since a 19-game run Jan. 28-April 20, 1989. It moved a step closer with its seventh consecutive overall victory Thursday, 107-92 over the Los Angeles Clippers. Ty Lawson, averaging 23.6 points in his last 12 games, led seven players in double figures with 21, and Danilo Gallinari had 20 as the Nuggets improved to 27-3 on their own floor. The Nuggets' surge has put them within striking distance of fourth place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage for the opening round of the playoffs. Coach George Karl, though, wants his team to keep a simple focus. "We've got to stay focused on (19) games of pretty serious playoff intensity and not get hung up on a loss or a winning streak," Karl told the team's official website. "We need to get hung up on getting better. Wherever we fall, if it's third, fourth, fifth, or sixth ... just know we fought the 82-game marathon, ran that as hard as we could and got better as it went on." Karl would first probably like to see an improved performance from his team when facing Minnesota. After losing 101-94 at home Nov. 21, The Timberwolves have won the past two meetings, including 101-97 in Denver on Jan. 3. Before that win, the Timberwolves had dropped five in a row and 14 of 18 at the Pepsi Center. J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter after Kevin Love was forced to the bench with an injury. That turned out to be another fracture in his right hand, which has since kept Love off the court. With its star forward missing, Minnesota (21-37) has dropped 12 of 13 on the road and 23 of 29 overall, but it snapped a six-game skid with an 87-82 home win over Washington on Wednesday. Barea had 10 of his 12 points in the final period, and Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and a career high-tying six steals. "They have just been slapped around so much," coach Rick Adelman said. "I think you get to a point where you keep saying the same things, you keep talking about the same things. But you need to get a win." Minnesota hasn't won back-to-back games since taking a season-high four straight Dec. 7-15, which included a 108-105 home victory over Denver. The Timberwolves likely won't have Nikola Pekovic (abdominal strain) and Andrei Kirilenko (strained left calf) available for this game. Pekovic had a team-best 22 points and 11 rebounds in December's meeting and Kirilenko scored 18. Derrick Williams is averaging 20.5 points in his last six games, but he's scored a combined 18 on 6-of-18 shooting in his last three matchups with the Nuggets after tying his career high with 27 points April 11 in Denver. Gallinari is averaging a team-best 18.3 points on 54.3 percent shooting against Minnesota this season.

Denver Nuggets’ George Karl Goes Nuclear; Shoves Wilson Chandler In Process (Video)

An often heard complaint from Denver Nuggets fans is that head coach George Karl doesn’t show enough emotion during games; it’s safe to say he made up for the entire season Saturday night during a matchup that had the Denver Nuggets pitted against the Minnesota Timberwolves.  It would be during the third quarter when Ty [...]The post Denver Nuggets’ George Karl Goes Nuclear...

George Karl goes nuts after call

Nuggets coach, George Karl, took disagreeing with a foul call to a whole new level Saturday night in a matchup with the Timberwolves. Watch Karl go ballistic when point guard, Ty Lawson, was called for the offensive foul on Ricky Rubio and march up the sideline as he shoves his own player, Wilson Chandler, out of the way to get a better angle to launch expletives at the referee:

JaVale McGee slips up on name of segment

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, 107-92, as Denver used their homecourt, athleticism, and fresh legs to their advantage.  JaVale McGee was the player that the ‘Inside The NBA” cast interviewed post-game, and as we should expect the unexpected with McGee, the same rang true when he called Shaqtin-A-Fool something [...]The post JaVale McGee...

Fan Punches Former Nuggets Guard Rudy Fernandez

Rudy Fernandez most recently played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12, where the guard averaged 8.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 31 games. Following the season, the Spain native decided to return to Real Madrid, where he’s been stirring up trouble recently. Real Madrid played against the Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania Thursday where Fernandez was punched by...

Denver Nuggets Add Element of Danger to Western Conference With Wilson Chandler’s Recent Play

For so long, Wilson Chandler has seemed to provide only a glimpse of his vast talents, like the tattoo of his daughter that peeks above the neckline of his jersey. Chandler did it all at DePaul — which could have been a pretty cool title for a player of the year campaign. (“Wilson Chandler does it all, at DePaul! Sponsored by Nike!”) But he never led the Blue Demons beyond...

Danilo Gallinari makes full-court bank shot

Video: Full-court shot off opposite backboard 

Wilson Chandler with thunderous dunk over Matt Barnes

Thursday night’s Nuggets-Clippers game is a fast-pace dunk contest. Anyone surprised?  As announcer Ian Eagle said of the dunk from Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler, “A grown man move at the rim.” Chandler’s two handed ****-back slam made the Nuggets bench react like this: [Bleacher Report, Beyond the Buzzer] 

Rudy Fernandez Punched By Fan Following Game

Rudy Fernandez was punched in the face by a Lithuanian fan following Real Madrid's 105-104 win over Zalgiris Kaunas on Thursday.

Nuggets win 13th straight at home

Ty Lawson matched his season high with 32 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-88, Saturday night to stretch their home winning streak to 13 games, their longest in 14 years. Corey Brewer had 15 points, while Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala added 11 apiece for the Nuggets, who have won eight in...

Lawson thinks Nuggets can win it all

When listing off the contenders for the Western Conference title, you have got the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs, probably the Los Angeles Clippers and I might even give you the Memphis Grizzlies. But despite their 41-22 record, including an astounding 27-3 at home, nobody is really jumping on the Denver Nuggets bandwagon. Point guard Ty Lawson says despite the...

JaVale McGee Calls Shaq a Bully And A Coon (VIDEO)

Leave it to TNT’s Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson, to be the saver of awkward moments. Last night, Nuggets center JaVale McGee appeared on Inside the NBA for a brief interview with his friendenemy and frequent critic Shaquille O’Neal. After scoring zero points, two rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes of play during the Denver Nuggets 107-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers...

Nuggets 111, Timberwolves 88

Ty Lawson matched his season high with 32 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets beat the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 111-88 Saturday night to stretch their home winning streak to 13 games, their longest in 14 years. Corey Brewer had 15 points, while Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala added 11 apiece for the Nuggets, who have won eight in...

Nuggets win seventh straight, rout Clippers 107-92 (Yahoo! Sports)

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets routed the surging Los Angeles Clippers 107-92 on Thursday night, riding 21 points from Ty Lawson and 20 from Danilo Gallinari to their 12th straight home win.,

NBA Rundown – March 7th, 2013

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images High Altitude: In the Dunkapalooza between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, the Nuggets came out on top to extend their winning to streak to 7 games. Ty Lawson led the way with 21 points (9 of 15) including huge shots down the stretch to put the Clippers way, he also had 6 boards and 11 assists. Danilo Gallinari added 20 points (8 of 15),...
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