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Nets Vs. Nuggets: Denver Wins In A Shootout, 123-115

The Denver Nuggets defeated the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

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Andre Miller Unhappy Backing Up Nuggets' Starting PG Ty Lawson

Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller is a 12-year NBA veteran, and he simply doesn't want to play the role of backup or mentor to young sensation Ty Lawson. In an interview with FoxSports.com after his first start of the season against the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday, Miller spoke clearly about his feelings on the current situation:

"At this point in my career, I don't see myself as a backup. For 13 years, I wasn't a backup before. This is a short season, so I'll deal with it. But I don't see myself as a backup at this point in my career. I don't see that. Ty, he's worked hard. He's had his mentor with Chauncey Billups. Why would they need me to come in and put in my two cents?"

On the day of the 2011 NBA Draft, the Nuggets traded Raymond Felton to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Andre Miller (along with a swap of the No. 21 and No. 22 picks), which effectively cleared the way for Lawson to take the starting job in Denver. Miller had also expressed displeasure during his time with Portland last season while sharing primary ball-handling duties and top-guard status with Brandon Roy, but this season Lawson has just plain outplayed Miller to-date.

Lawson is averaging 16.4 points on 49.6 percent shooting to go with 6 assists and nearly 2 steals per game, while Miller is producing 10.0 points on 41.6 percent shooting and 6.5 assists per game. Ty has taken the next step in the evolution of his game so far this season, while Andre Miller is past his prime and moving into a spot role. Upon hearing about Miller's frustration, head coach George Karl had this to say: "I'm glad he's proud of himself and he wants to play, but I think this still is the best opportunity for him."

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Nuggets Vs. Nets Final Score: Denver Wins 123-115

The New Jersey Nets outscored the Denver Nuggets by 12 in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as Denver escaped with a 123-115 win at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets led by 20 going into the fourth quarter and their lead was never in serious jeopardy. The victory improves Denver to 7-4 and 5-1 at home, while New Jersey drops to 2-9.

Denver shot 59.5 percent from the floor, going 44-of-74 from the field. Denver was on fire from all over the court: the Nuggets hit 11-of-18 three-pointers (61 percent) and 24-of-30 free throws (80 percent). Six Nuggets scorers reached double-figures, led by 22 points from Danilo Gallinari. Gallo scored 17 in the first quarter, and finished 7-of-11 from the field on the night. Arron Afflalo connected on 4-of-6 three-pointers to score 19. Corey Brewer (19 points), Rudy Fernandez (15 points) and Al Harrington (13 points) all starred off the bench.

New Jersey was led by reserve guard Jordan Farmer (26 points) and starting two-guard Anthony Morrow (23 points).

For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Nets blog Nets Daily. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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Nuggets Vs. Nets Score Update: Denver Hits 100 Points By End Of Third, Lead NJ By 20

The Denver Nuggets have already scored 100 points with an entire quarter remaining against the New Jersey Nets tonight at the Pepsi Center. George Karl's team will head into the final period up 100-20 after another explosive quarter. The Nuggets have been on fire all game, connecting on 36-of-56 shots, good for 64 percent from the floor.

Danilo Gallinari leads Denver with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Gallinari has been deadly all night, hitting 2-of-3 three-pointers and 6-of-6 free throws. Guard Corey Brewer doesn't see a ton of playing time for Denver, but the Florida product is making the most of his minutes tonight. Brewer is 7-for-8 from the floor in 12 minutes for 19 points. Al Harrington has added 13 points off the bench for Denver.

New Jersey is led by Jordan Farmer, who has 18 points off the bench on 6-of-8 shooting.

For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Nets blog Nets Daily. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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Nuggets Vs. Nets Score Update: Denver Leads By 16 At Halftime

Danilo Gallinari scored 16 first quarter points for the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets and did not score in the second quarter. No worries for the Nuggets, who hung 33 second quarter points even without Gallinari contributing en route to a 68-52 halftime lead at the Pepsi Center.

Reserve guard Corey Brewer scored 17 points in the second quarter in just nine minutes. Brewer, acquired just before the start of the season from the Dallas Mavericks, went 6-for-7 from the floor, including making all three of his three-point attempts. Gallinari's 17 comes off 5-of-6 shooting. As a team, Denver shot 66.7 percent in the half on 24-of-26 shooting.

The Nets are shooting 48 percent from the floor. Anthony Morrow has a team-high 13 points, while star guard Deron Williams has 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting.

For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Nets blog Nets Daily. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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Nuggets Vs. Nets Score Update: Denver Leads By Seven After One

The Denver Nuggets have dropped their last two games, but things are looking good so far tonight against the New Jersey Nets. Denver leads 35-28 after the first quarter thanks to some ultra hot shooting. The Nuggets finished the opening period 11-for-16 from the field, good for a 68.8 percent. Three-point shooting has kept the Nets alive. as New Jersey is 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Forward Danilo Gallinari was phenomenal for the Nuggets, scoring 17 points on for 5-of-6 shooting. Arron Afflalo and Timofey Mozgov were Denver next two leading scorers. They each had three points.

Free throw shooting has been huge for the Nuggets. Led by Gallinari (6-for-6 from the line), the Nuggets are currently 12-for-14 from the charity stripe.

New Jersey has been led by shooting guard Anthony Morrow, who has hit 3-of-5 three-pointers en route to 11 points so far. Star point guard Deron Williams has eight points.

For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Nets blog Nets Daily. Head over to SB Nation NBA for more news and notes around the league.

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Nets Vs. Nuggets Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets welcome the New Jersey Nets to the Pepsi Center while looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

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