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By earning an impressive win despite the absence of their starting point guard, the Denver Nuggets continued to show why they're one of the best home teams in the NBA. A visit from the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves doesn't appear likely to change their status.
The Nuggets seek a ninth straight win at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night when they face the Timberwolves, who have dropped four in a row on the road.
While it's just 8-14 away from home, Denver has been superb on its own floor, going an NBA-best 10-1. The latest victory at the Pepsi Center was arguably its most noteworthy this season. The Nuggets ended the Los Angeles Clippers' 17-game win streak Tuesday with a stifling 92-78 victory.
Denver held the Clippers to 38.5 percent shooting and had six players in double figures even though Ty Lawson was out with tightness in his left Achilles' tendon.
"Everybody got a look at what we could do, how good this team is and how scary we are," forward Kenneth Faried told the team's website. "What better way to start the new year."
Andre Miller had 12 points and 12 assists in Lawson's place and Danilo Gallinari scored a team-best 17 points.
"We don't win this game without Andre," coach George Karl said. "He just got us easy baskets, got a lot of guys involved, gave our team a lot of confidence."
The Nuggets (18-15) would love to get Lawson back as he's averaging 20.0 points in his last nine games against the Timberwolves and had a team-best 24 in the most recent home matchup, a 113-107 win April 11.
However, the Nuggets might get by without him because Minnesota (14-14) heads into Denver having lost five of seven. The Timberwolves have also had little luck at the Pepsi Center, losing five straight and 10 of 11 there.
Minnesota is coming off one of its worst performances of 2012-13, shooting a season-low 34.5 percent and going 2 of 17 from 3-point range in a 106-84 drubbing in Utah on Wednesday. Kevin Love and Alexey Shved combined to shoot 7 of 24 (29.2 percent) and were the team's leading scorers with 13 points apiece.
"We need to take a rest right now and kind of get back on track," forward Andrei Kirilenko. "It's just one of those games where you can't make a shot five or six possessions in a row, you couldn't put it in on a layup, you couldn't get to the line. It's all together kind of like an avalanche."
Love had 34 points and 14 rebounds against Denver in his return from a broken right hand Nov. 21 but Minnesota lost 101-94. He missed 14 of 17 shots and scored eight points in the most recent matchup Dec. 12, but the Timberwolves edged the Nuggets 108-105.
Nikola Pekovic had a team-best 22 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which beat Denver for only the third time in the last 23 meetings.
Gallinari had 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the last matchup, and is averaging 20.0 points and shooting 64.5 percent in his last three games in the series.
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Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee hit his first career 3-point shot at the buzzer to end the third quarter during Tuesday night's 92-78 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
McGee hit a 27-foot 3-pointer and then pretended to mix something up and taste it with his fingers, a celebration move referred to by game commentators as "finger-lickin' good".
JaVale McGee is hilarious in every possible way, therefore we need to celebrate when he does things correctly. Enjoy JaVale’s first three pointer of his career. You have to love the reaction of JaVale’s teammates and the Denver home crowd. Article found on: Cosby Sweaters
Not only did the Denver Nuggets snap the Los Angles Clippers’ 17-game win streak, but to add insult to injury Nuggets center Javale McGee hit his first career three pointer of his career during the game.With 1.3 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Clippers left McGee wide open off the inbounds pass. Without hesitation and showing off a pretty smooth release, McGee was...
As the seconds wound down on the Nuggets’ victory over the Clippers on Tuesday, Andre Miller plopped down into one of the cushioned seats on the Denver Nuggets’ bench, took a deep breath and began to untie his shoes. He looked a little like a factory laborer or a construction worker huffing down in his easy chair at the end of a long day, unlacing his boots to ease the pressure...
Andre Miller scored the 15,000th point of his NBA career on a mid-range jumper in the first quarter against Minnesota, becoming the eighth player to score that many and dish out at least 7,500 assists.
Oscar Robertson, Gary Payton, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash also have accomplished the feat.
In typical Miller fashion, the 36-year-old downplayed...
The Nuggets knocked the Clippers off their 17 game winning streak on New Year’s Day. The Clippers looked a bit sluggish and the Nuggets protected their record as the best home team in the NBA moving to an 11-1 record. The Cherry on the Nuggets sundae, JaVale McGee hit his first three pointer, EVER. So [...]
Javale McGee tends to be a guy that makes himself look stupid on the basketball court. Like this time when he fell down and threw the ball into the crowd. Last night he did it again. He knocked down a three pointer at the buzzer and celebrated like he won the NBA title. Just a little overboard for a random shot in a 16 point game. Well, in his defense, it was the first three...
Where does Andre Miller rank among NBA point guards all time? Well, his coach says maybe top five. For real.
(As one fan, @Alf954, tweeted when told of the proclamation: “Alphabetically by first name?”)
“I’m taking about a true point guard,” Nuggets coach George Karl said, “who plays the game the way a point guard should play, not (necessarily) with the 3-ball and the...
JaVale McGee rarely fails to entertain, whether he’s throwing down monster dunks, missing them or finding other ways to make mischief on a basketball court.
Off the court, he’s just as entertaining, and is taking his fashion cues from Hollywood, apparently.
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As the Denver Nuggets stopped the Los Angeles Clippers 17 game winning streak on New Year’s Day. One player in particular had some fun along the way. JaVale McGee stepped out past the three-point line for the final shot in the third quarter and drained the first ever trey in his [...]
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DENVER -- Lob City moved to Colorado for a night, but it was the Denver Nuggets taking over the role as the high-flying team. The Los Angeles Clippers, for one game, brought brick city, and it resulted in their first loss in 36 days. Danilo Gallinari scored 17 points, Andre Miller had 12 points and 12 assists in his first start of the season, and the Nuggets ended the Clippers...
DENVER (AP) -- Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has left Minnesota's game against the Denver Nuggets after spraining a finger on his right hand in the third quarter.
His return Thursday night was questionable.
Love was sliding past a Nuggets player in the lane when he suddenly clutched at his hand and headed into the training room. Love had 12 points and 17 rebounds before departing...
Slam! I shut my truck door with an adequate feeling of uneasiness as my tickets were scanned and Fred — I call him Fred, anyways — ask “Hey, Smiles, are the Nuggets going to win tonight?” I have this scowl on my face, but it instantaneously turns into a grin, and I give Fred my [...]The post Denver Nuggets End Los Angeles Clippers 17-Game Winning Streak appeared first on The NBA Mistress.