Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Hopes To Extend Win Streak On Friday

The Nuggets hope to win their sixth straight game when they play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Returns Home After Successful Road Trip

The Denver Nuggets head into the weekend as one of the hottest teams in the league, having won five straight games, all of them on the road. They finally return home on Friday night, where they'll look to continue their recent string off success. Despite the winning streak, the Nuggets have plenty of work to do in their division, as they're still a couple of games behind first place Oklahoma City.

Related: Golden Nuggets: When will 'then' be 'now'?

The team's full schedule is available here, and this is a look at the week ahead:

Jan. 27: vs. Toronto Raptors (7:00 p.m. MT, Altitude)
The Raptors have won two in a row, though they're still stuck at the bottom of the Atlantic division. Leading scorer Andrea Bargnani recently returned from an injury that caused him to miss six games.

Related: Tip In: : "He’s Back" Raptors Snap Losing Streak on the Back of Bargnani’s 36 Point Performance

Jan. 29: vs. Los Angeles Clippers (6:00 p.m. MT, Altitude)
The addition of Chris Paul to the Clippers certainly has upped the excitement level around the team, and they're off to a solid start to the season. Blake Griffin leads the way in scoring and rebounding.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs. And for more news and notes from around the NBA, head over to SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Nuggets Vs. Kings Final Score: Denver Earns A 122-93 Road Win

The Denver Nuggets earned their fifth straight victory with a wire-to-wire win over the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion. Denver won 122-93 with hot shooting and domination on the boards.

Seven Denver scorers reached double-figures. Forward Danilo Galinari scored a game-high 23 points for the Nuggets on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Gallinari drained all six of his foul shots. Nene had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Andre Miller, who finished with 10 assists, and Corey Brewer each scored 15 points. Ty Lawson scored 11, while Kosta Koufos and Al Harrington each scored 10.

Rookie guard Jimmer Fredette led all Kings scorers with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Kings. Guard Isaiah Thomas had 16 points and six assists in the loss.

Denver shot 50-of-91 from the field and out-rebounded the Kings 48-35.

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

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Nuggets Vs. Kings Score Update: Denver Leads 94-65 After Three

Danilo Gallinari has 23 points, five assists and three blocks after three quarters, as the Denver Nuggets are well on their way to their fifth straight victory after building a 94-65 lead over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Power Balance Pavilion. Five Nuggets players have already reached double-figures in scoring, and the team is red-hot from the field, despite shooting just 2-of-11 from three-point range.

Denver finished the third 39-of-68 from the floor, good for 57 percent shooting. Center Nene has 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Andre Miller, who got the start in the backcourt tonight, has 15 points and 10 assists thus far on 7-of-9 shooting. Ty Lawson (11 points) and reserve forward Al Harrington (10 points) have also contributed in the first three quarters.

Three Kings scorers have reached double-figures, led by rookie Jimmer Fredette, who has 13 points.

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

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Nuggets Vs. Kings Score Update: Denver Leads 66-43 At Half

Danilo Gallinari signed a major contract extension on Wednesday afternoon. It's turning into quite a day for the Nuggets forward. Gallinari has 21 points after one half against the Sacramento Kings, going 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line.

The Nuggets look to be in great position for their fifth straight win. Ty Lawson has 11 points and three rebounds in the first half, while came off the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Denver is shooting over 59 percent as a team from the field, and has twice as many assists as the Kings (16-8) after two quarters.

Sacramento guards Tyreke Evans and Jimmer Fredette each have 10 points at the half. The Kings are shooting only 42 percent from the field.

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

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Nuggets Vs. Kings Score Update: Denver Leads 32-26 After One

Point guard Ty Lawson scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting and added two rebounds and two assists to help the Denver Nuggets get out to a 32-36 lead at the end of the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings.

Denver forward Danilo Gallinar and center Kosta Koufos each signed contract extensions earlier in the day, and both had a nice first quarter against the Kings. Gallinari went 2-for-3 from the floor to finish with seven points, while Koufos had four points on 2-of-4 shooting. Al Harrington has come off the bench to score six points for Denver.

Sacramento guard Jimmer Fredette led the way for the Kings with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting. Star guard Tyreke Evans had eight points and three assists for the Kings.

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

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Marcus Thornton Injury: Kings SG Out Against Nuggets

The Sacramento Kings won't have starting shooting guard Marcus Thornton when they face the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, according to Nuggets beat writer Aaron J. Lopez. Thornton is still recovering from a hematoma in his left thigh.

Thornton, 24, has started all 14 games that he's appeared in with the Kings this season. He's averaged 16.4 points per game on 40 percent shooting, while also grabbing 3.5 boards and 1.5 steals per night. One of Sacramento's feature scorers, he's averaged 19.6 points per game in 41 games with the Kings since being traded to them in the middle of last season.

With Thornton not playing, the Kings may start Donte Green at small forward again with John Salmons sliding over to shooting guard. Salmons typically starts at small forward when Thornton is active and playing.

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

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Nuggets Vs. Kings: Denver Looks To Extend Road Winning Streak To 5 Games

The Denver Nuggets have been off since Saturday night when they defeated the New York Knicks in double overtime. That ran the team's road trip record to 4-0. Things pick up again on Wednesday night when they visit the Sacramento Kings for a fifth straight victory to close out the current road trip.

The Nuggets played just seven men on Saturday with Rudy Fernandez and Arron Afflalo out. They will be missing once again after being ruled out on Tuesday. But Danilo Gallinari has turned into a superman of late and most recently put 37 points on the board. He's averaging 17.4 points this season.

The Kings, meanwhile, haven't done much better since firing head coach Paul Westphal on Jan. 5. The Kings, who had lost one day earlier to the Nuggets, won the first game of the new era but have gone 3-7 since then. The Kings are currently on a two-game losing streak

Game time/date: 8:00 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

Location: Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, CA

TV: Altitude, CSN-CA

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

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Nuggets' Arron Afflalo, Rudy Fernandez Are Out Vs. Sacramento

The Denver Nuggets will be shorthanded again when they play the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Both Arron Afflalo and Rudy Fernandez did not practice on Tuesday and will be out for the game, reports Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

Afflalo missed Saturday's double overtime victory over the New York Knicks due to a groin injury while Fernandez has missed three of the last four games with an Achilles injury that won't go away. This means we can expect Wednesday's starting lineup to be Timofey Mozgov, Nene, Danilo Gallinari, Andre Miller and Ty Lawson. On Saturday, coach George Karl played just seven men throughout the entire game. Al Harrington continued his superb play as Denver's sixth man while Corey Brewer put in 25 minutes as well.

With the extra time off to recover, might we see seven men play again?

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs. And for more news and notes from around the NBA, head over to SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Travels To Sacramento To Begin The Week

The Denver Nuggets enter the week playing good basketball -- they went undefeated on a four-game road trip over the last week, which included a thrilling double overtime win over Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. The Nuggets are in second place in the Northwest and second in the Western Conference, behind Oklahoma City in both cases.

The team's full schedule is available here, and this is a look at the week ahead:

Jan. 25: at Sacramento Kings (8:00 p.m. MT, Altitude)
Sacramento is 6-11 overall, though four of those wins came at home. Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.5 points per game, while DeMarcus Cousins leads the team with 10.6 rebounds per game.

Related: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 2011-12 Week 4

Jan. 27: vs. Toronto Raptors (7:00 p.m. MT, Altitude)
Toronto begins the week with the longest losing streak in the NBA (eight games), and that streak has sunk them to the bottom of the Atlantic division. It doesn't help that the Raptors' leading scorer, Andrea Bargnani, hasn't played since Jan. 11.

Related: Tip-In: "Preaching Patience" - Raptors' Rebuild May Take a Lot Longer Than Anticipated

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of the Nuggets, visit Denver Stiffs. And for more news and notes from around the NBA, head over to SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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