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Old 02-10-2009, 10:18 PM   #46
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Two of my fav players going at it. Am anxious to see how the Nuggets respond after that horrible loss to the Nets the other day. Miami's great at home(17-8), so this will be a challenge for the Nugz. Hopefully, Nuggets get the win and both Melo/Wade play great tonight!
Well did you get your answer????
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Well did you get your answer????
YES!
Except, I didn't get to watch the game. Had to go to class, but maybe I can catch the rerun on Altitude tomorrow. (Sorry no Tivo )
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Here's the Nugz/Heat Recap:


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Once again, facing the Miami Heat was all the Denver Nuggets needed to get back on track.

Chauncey Billups scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, Carmelo Anthony finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Nuggets swept the series with Miami for the fourth consecutive year, beating the Heat 99-82 on Tuesday night.

Kenyon Martin had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while J.R. Smith scored 10 for Denver, which wasted much of a 20-point first-half lead and still defeated Miami for the eighth straight time. It was the Nuggets’ first game since Saturday’s 44-point drubbing at New Jersey, and clearly, there was no Denver hangover.

“When it came down to it, we took the challenge,” Nuggets guard Anthony Carter said.

Dwyane Wade scored 33 points on 12-for-22 shooting for Miami, which has lost five of its last seven games. Shawn Marion scored 14 and Mario Chalmers added 10 for Miami.

The Heat cut a huge deficit down to four early in the fourth quarter, before Billups lived up to his “Mr. Big Shot” moniker.

Denver was 0-for-15 from 3-point range before Billups struck with 9:38 left, giving Denver a 79-72 lead, and the floodgates opened from there. Smith made one on the next possession, then another with 6:43 left for an 87-77 lead, twirling around with a big smile after that one went down.

“Two backbreakers, right there,” Wade said. “That’s what they do.”

Billups then finished off Miami with 3-pointers on consecutive trips, the last coming with 2:48 left for a 97-79 lead.

“We played with great passion,” Nuggets coach George Karl said.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had a different assessment of his club.

Denver shot 75 percent in the first quarter, during which Miami’s starting backcourt of Wade and Chalmers missed more shots (seven) than the entire Nuggets roster (five), no small reason why Denver ran out to a 32-20 lead.

“That’s a championship level team that we did not give the proper respect coming into this game, certainly not in the first quarter,” Spoelstra said. “A team that came out after an extremely tough and probably humbling loss the other night and the sixth-best team in the league right now record-wise, a legitimate championship contender, and we did not come out with a sense of urgency or real focus.”

The Nuggets connected on a 17 of their first 23 shots, and kept rolling right into halftime.

Chris Andersen scored on a fast break with 1:42 left before intermission, drawing a flagrant foul from Marion (one that eventually knocked Andersen from the game) and made the free throw for a 55-36 Denver lead. Anthony made a free throw a half-minute later, giving the Nuggets their biggest cushion, a 20-point edge that seemed to have Denver on the cusp of a blowout.

That is, until Spoelstra said whatever he said at halftime.

“The second half, we competed much harder,” Spoelstra said. “We showed them the proper respect in the second half.”

Miami roared out of the break on a 19-8 run, ending with Chalmers hitting a pair of 3-pointers to get the Heat within 64-59 with 5:13 left in the period. Denver missed 11 of 12 shots during one stretch of the third period, but still took a 74-65 lead into the final 12 minutes.

And the late 3-point barrage sealed it for the Nuggets.

“Once one or two of us hit them, they just started coming,” Smith said. “Like they always do.”

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The Nuggets are 10-0 when holding opponents under 90 points. … Andersen smacked the floor hard on the Marion foul, spraining his left wrist and bruising his left hip. X-rays were negative and he’s questionable for Wednesday’s game at Orlando. … Wade sported an American flag bandage on his left cheek, protecting the six stitches he got after colliding with Charlotte’s Juwan Howard on Sunday. “Makes him look tougher,” Spoelstra noted. … Joel Anthony’s five blocks were one shy of matching the record for a Heat reserve.

Cool, didn't know Nuggets were 10-0 while holding teams under 90! DEFENSE! *Clap*Clap* DEFENSE!

Next up: Superman & crew tomorrow night!
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What a beautiful performance by the nuggets. K-mart played to his strengths offensively. AC was a pest on defense. Chauncey and JR put the game away with late three pointers.


Some bad notes: Kleiza continues to be the most inconsistant player in the NBA. Birdman got hurt, hope he isn't out too long. Rediculous calls for dwyane wade that carmelo didn't get.
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What a beautiful performance by the nuggets. K-mart played to his strengths offensively. AC was a pest on defense. Chauncey and JR put the game away with late three pointers.


Some bad notes: Kleiza continues to be the most inconsistant player in the NBA. Birdman got hurt, hope he isn't out too long. Rediculous calls for dwyane wade that carmelo didn't get.
Did it look bad?
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A sprained wrist and hip contusion. Sure he'll be back to sending shots into the stands soon ;)
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A sprained wrist and hip contusion. Sure he'll be back to sending shots into the stands soon ;)
Although we could use him against the Magic tonight. Either way, I think Nuggets lose the game. Orlando, without Nelson is still a great team. Plus, it being a back2back game doesn't help the Nugz at all.
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Here's the Nugz/Magic Recap:
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and eight rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets ended a 15-game losing streak in Orlando with an 82-73 win over the Magic on Wednesday night.

Kenyon Martin scored 13 points, Nene added 12 and Chauncey Billups had 11 points for the Nuggets, who hadn’t won in Orlando since March 10, 1992.

Dwight Howard had 16 points and Rashard Lewis scored 12 for the Magic, who finished with a season low in points, a eason-high 24 turnovers and were held to a season-low 30.4 percent shooting from the floor.

The Nuggets built a 20-point lead early in the third quarter, but then things got testy.

Anthony and J.R. Smith each had technical fouls in the period, and the Magic used a heavy dose of free throws to cut the Nuggets’ lead to 63-51 heading into the fourth quarter.

And things would get closer.

Lewis hit a 3-pointer with 2:06 left to tighten Denver’s lead to 77-71, and the team’s traded baskets before Denver extended clinched it with free throws.

But this one was about defense.

Playing physical and unafraid to foul, the Nuggets had Howard and Orlando frustrated all night. The 3-point shooting Magic were held to 9-for-31 from beyond the arc and struggled again to control the ball without All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson. He tore the labrum in his right shoulder Feb. 2 and is still deciding whether to have season-ending surgery or attempt rehabilitation.

The Magic’s previous high in turnovers this season was 19 against Minnesota on Dec. 3, and their previous low shooting percentage was 36.8 percent against Atlanta on Oct. 29.

The game was a sloppy from the start.

The teams combined for 14 turnovers, 14 fouls—plus a technical against Lewis for arguing a call—and an airball by Martin in the first quarter. The Magic were 1-for-5 from 3-point range in the period and struggled to get Howard involved early, while the Nuggets were getting to the hoop with ease.

Smith’s jumper capped a 16-4 run that helped Denver take a 24-17 lead after the opening quarter. His 3-pointer ended the second quarter with the Nuggets on a 14-4 spurt, going ahead 46-29 at the half and sending the Magic to the locker room with a chorus of boos from the home crowd.

It was the fewest points Orlando scored in a first half as well as in a game all season. The previous lows came in a loss to Boston on Jan. 22, when they managed 36 first-half points and were held to 80 for the game.

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Lewis spoke to the crowd on behalf of the team just before tipoff, thanking fans for their support throughout the first half of the season. … Nuggets backup center Chris Andersen missed the game with a left wrist injury he suffered a night earlier at Miami, but expects to be ready after the All-Star break. … The Magic fell to 19-6 against the Western Conference this season, and the Nuggets improved to 14-6 against the East.
Huge win! Game was slow & ugly, but the Nuggets played great defense throughout the game.

36-17? Man, never would I have imagined that the Nuggets would have the best start in franchise history before the season started. Keep it up!
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Although we could use him against the Magic tonight. Either way, I think Nuggets lose the game. Orlando, without Nelson is still a great team. Plus, it being a back2back game doesn't help the Nugz at all.


Well looks like you MAGIC crystal ball failed you!!
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Sloppy game offensively. Fantastic game defensively.


Orlando is one of the most explosive teams offensively. But the nuggets allowed only 29 first half points while scoring 46 themselves. Didn't let a team that lives off of the three ball get going.


Linas needs to be traded. Seriously, you can only gain something from trading a guy who shows no effort for rebounds and loose balls, travels THREE times, and misses wide open shot after shot.


Also, Nene needs to regain that confidence he had earlier. He's so worried about missed calls by the officials that i feel like he isn't as accertive offensively as he has been.
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{Nugz/Sixers Recap}





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PHILADELPHIA — Nuggets coach George Karl didn't need a halftime speech Wednesday night. He would have been better off with an economy-sized can of WD-40 or a gallon of CLR.

In their first game after the All-Star break, his players looked like a battalion of tin men left out during monsoon season.

"We just was rusty," Nuggets power forward Carmelo Anthony said.

After scoring only 13 points in the first quarter and 37 in the first half, Anthony and his teammates finally greased the wheels and cruised to a 101-89 win against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.

"Guys did an excellent job of not getting frustrated," forward Kenyon Martin said. "It's a long game. It's 48 minutes. If the game was over after the first quarter, yeah, they would have won. That's not the case."

After playing what Anthony called "some of the worst basketball that we played all season," the Nuggets erased a 10-point halftime deficit behind solid defense and the aggressive play of point guard Chauncey Billups.

Driving to the basket and hitting open shots, Billups scored 11 of the Nuggets' first 15 points to start the third quarter. His aggressive mentality triggered a 19-2 run that seemed to deflate the 76ers, who had lost at Indiana on Tuesday night.

"Halftime is always a time when you can come in and make adjustments," Billups said. "We just said, 'Let's pick it up.' At some point when you're getting your butt kicked like that, pride kicks in and you just compete."

Billups finished with 17 points in the third quarter and 22 for the game.

Anthony, despite playing with a bruised left knee, added 26 points and 14 rebounds to help the Nuggets win for the 10th time in 12 games.

"If we want to be one of the best teams in the NBA, we've got to win games like this," he said.

Anthony was wincing in pain after bumping knees with Philadelphia center Samuel Dalembert in the second quarter.

X-rays taken after the game were negative, and Anthony said he will be ready for Friday's game at Chicago.

"I couldn't even bend my legs out there," he said. "I fought through it and we came out with a victory."

The 76ers weren't as fortunate.

Already reeling from the Nuggets' big run to start the second half, they lost point guard Andre Miller to a strained right calf 4:37 into the third quarter.

Miller, who had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists, did not return and is scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging exam today.

"When you're playing without your quarterback, it's going to be a little difficult," Billups said.

"(Miller) was playing really well, but I think with the mind-set that we had at that point, it didn't matter who was out there."

Without its floor leader, the 76ers looked disjointed and settled for jump shots, while the Nuggets attacked the basket and pushed the lead to as many as 15 in the fourth quarter.

The 76ers never got closer than seven points in the game's final six minutes as the Nuggets (37-17) moved one game in front of San Antonio for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

"At some point, teams just start clicking," Billups said. "We got clicking at the right time and turned the game around, and we were able to keep the pedal down on them."

After recovering for a win against the 76ers, the Nuggets' road map now points to Chicago. They are 5-1 on an extended trip, with games against the Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks before returning home next week.

ETC: Anthony went in for X-rays on the broken bone in his right hand before the team left for Philadelphia this week. He said the fracture isn't completely healed, "but it's getting better." Anthony missed 10 games after breaking the bone Jan. 5. He is averaging 24.8 points in eight games since his return. . . . Nuggets forward Chris Andersen returned to the lineup after missing one game because of a sprained left wrist and bruised hip. . . . Karl was called for his 10th technical foul this season. NBA rules call for a one-game suspension when a player or coach reaches 16. . . . Martin has made 10-of-10 free throws in the past two games.

37-17: 20 games above .500!!!
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:16 PM   #58
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While the Northwest Division-leading Denver Nuggets stood pat at the trading deadline, the Chicago Bulls tried to help their playoff chances with two deals to bring back familiar faces.

While they wait for all of their new arrivals, the Bulls will try Friday night at home to cool off the Nuggets, who are searching for a fourth straight win on their season-high eight-game road trip.

Before Thursday’s deadline, Chicago (24-30) acquired Tim Thomas and seldom-used reserves Jerome James and Anthony Roberson from New York for Larry Hughes.

The Bulls, who sit ninth in the Eastern Conference and 1 1/2 games behind eighth-place Milwaukee, also picked up Brad Miller and John Salmons from Sacramento on Wednesday in exchange for Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden and little-used reserves Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin.

Thomas was on the Bulls’ roster to start the 2005-06 season, but played in only three games before getting sent home in December and waived in March. Since his brief stint in Chicago, the veteran forward has averaged 11.1 points with Phoenix, the Los Angeles Clippers and Knicks.

Miller played 105 games with the Bulls from 2000-2002, until they traded him to Indiana in a seven-player deal. The 11-year veteran center hasn’t played since Jan. 30 because of a hip injury, but has averaged 11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds when healthy.

“I’m definitely excited for the opportunity to go home and go to a team that I’ve already played for,” said Miller, an Indiana native. “I have a lot of friends and family back there. The Bulls are right on the verge of getting into the playoffs, and winning is something very important to me right now.”

The most important acquisition might be Salmons, who was the Kings’ second-leading scorer this season while averaging a career-best 18.3 points and shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range. After acquiring Salmons, Chicago traded Thabo Sefolosha to Oklahoma City in exchange for a first-round pick in this June’s draft.

Playing short-handed on Wednesday night, the Bulls won 113-104 in Milwaukee behind a season-high 31 points from Kirk Hinrich, who was rumored to be headed to Minnesota.

“Kirk got hot, and he was really the difference,” said Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro, whose team has won six of its last nine games. “Just a good, gutsy win for us.”

While Chicago enters the weekend just outside the top eight in the East, the Nuggets own the second-best record in the West and have thrived on their eight-game trip, which ends Sunday against the Bucks.

Denver (37-17) moved to 5-1 on the swing with a 101-89 comeback win Wednesday night in Philadelphia. In their first game following a six-day layoff, the Nuggets trailed by 16 in the first half, but Chauncey Billups scored 17 of his 22 points in the third quarter.

Billups and Carmelo Anthony, who finished with a team-leading 26 points and 14 rebounds, combined to shoot 8 of 15 in the third.

“With a team like ours, we can make that up,” Billups said of the early deficit. “We’ve got too many shooters.”

Since returning from a fractured right hand on Jan. 30, Anthony has averaged 24.8 points. He averaged 21.1 in his first 31 games.

Anthony and Billups each had 21 points in Denver’s 114-101 home win over the Bulls on Nov. 23, when Kenyon Martin made all 10 of his field-goal attempts and led the Nuggets with 26 points. Chicago’s Ben Gordon led all scorers with 28.

These teams have split each of their last four season series, alternating wins and losses in each meeting during that span.
Should be a fun one!
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BTW, Melo suffered a bruised knee last game and is listed as probable for tonight's game.

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Nene's a beast tonight! Hasn't missed yet, 8 of 8. Had a sick block on rose and then posterized Tyrus on the other end.



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Nuggets looked good early on, but then fell apart in the 2nd half. Man, they just couldn't match up w/ the Bulls intensity-wise tonight. Tough loss.

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