The Denver Nuggets got off to a fast start against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. Point guard Chauncey Billups returned to the starting lineup and scored 18 first-quarter points to give the Nuggets a 33-19 lead. Billups has three assists, two rebounds and two steals as well. Twelve of his 18 points have come on three-point shots. Carmelo Anthony is the next closest with six points.