Nuggets Vs. Raptors: George Karl Notches 1,000th Victory As Denver Defeats Toronto, 123-116

George Karl is now in elite company with 1,000 victories.

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Nuggets Vs. Raptors: George Karl Earns 1000th Victory As Denver Wins 123-116

George Karl has won his 1000th game as an NBA coach as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Toronto Raptors 123-116 on Friday night at the Air Canada Center.

With the victory, Karl joins Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson and Larry Brown in the 1000 victory club.

Al Harrington helped his coach by erasing a mini-slump and pouring in a season-high 31 points on 12-19 shooting.  Chauncey Billups also recovered from a season-low five points on Wednesday and scored 21.

Nene added 26 and J.R. Smith 11 for Denver.

Gary Forbes, who started in place of an injured Carmelo Anthony, shone in the second half, finishing with 15 after having two at half.

Former Nuggets Linas Kleiza and Sonny Weems made Denver fans reminisce of about their time in powder blue. Kleiza ended with a team high 26 points while also grabbing 12 boards. Weems finished with 21 points.

Melo is considered day-to-day with his injured knee, but should play on Sunday when the Nuggets go to Madison Square Garden to face the New York Knicks. Set your alarms though as the game tips at 10:00 a.m. MT.

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Nuggets Vs. Raptors: Denver Leads 74-65 On Nuggets Highest Scoring First Half Of Season

After two quarters in Toronto, it appears Denver Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups is out of his slump, as the Nuggets lead the Toronto Raptors 74-65.

Billups isn't the only one on fire in the first half. Al Harrington has scored 19 and Nene has 17 on 7-8 shooting.  For the game Denver is shooting 62.5 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 94.1 percent from the line.

The Nuggets are playing without Carmelo Anthony who is sitting for the second straight game while nursing a sore knee. Gary Forbes got the start in Melo's place, draining his only shot from the field and going into the locker room with two points.

Former Denver Nuggets Linas Kleiza leads Toronto with 19 points, while Andrea Bargnani and Leandro Barbosa have chipped in 12 and 10 respectively. Not shooting poorly themselves, the Raptors are shooting 52.7 percent from the field.

The 74 points is the most in a half for the Nuggets his season, and was helped on a half ending 15-4 run.

Should Denver hold onto the lead, head coach George Karl will secure his 1000th career win.

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