Nuggets Vs. Thunder: Oklahoma City Wins 124-118 In Overtime

The Nuggets are now on a three-game losing streak with this latest defeat.

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Nuggets Vs. Thunder Final Score: Oklahoma City Prevails In Overtime, 124-118

In what was a closely contested game throughout, the Oklahoma City Thunder used a late fourth quarter rally to force overtime against the Denver Nuggets and ultimately capture a 124-118 victory.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both had enormous nights at the offensive end -- Durant scored 51 points on 16-28 shooting (unofficially), while Westbrook bounced back from a slow start to score 40. Serge Ibaka had a triple-double with 14 points, 15 boards and 11 blocks.

Related: Nuggets at Thunder: More than miles divide this rivalry...

Despite those impressive efforts from Oklahoma City's stars, and despite the fact that Denver was shorthanded, the Nuggets were competitive all night and it looked like they would prevail when they had a two-possession lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter. But Durant and Westbrook were just too much on Sunday night.

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Nuggets Vs. Thunder Score Update: Denver And Oklahoma City Tied At 83 After 3 Quarters

A 6-0 run to start the third quarter by the Oklahoma City Thunder erased Denver's halftime lead, but they weren't able to expand much on the re-claimed lead, and Denver eventually rallied to tie the score at 83 at the end of the third quarter.

Related: Nuggets at Thunder: More than miles divide this rivalry...

Arron Afflalo has 20 points on 8-15 shooting to lead Denver, while Andre Miller has scored 17 points with seven assists. Ty Lawson has 12 points and five assists.

Kevin Durant scored 10 points in the quarter and leads the team with 30 points, and point guard Russell Westbrook heated up considerably and now has 27 points to go with eight assists.

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Nuggets Vs. Thunder Score Update: Denver Takes 58-53 Lead Into Halftime

The Denver Nuggets have a 58-53 lead at halftime on the road against division-rival Oklahoma City, which is an encouraging development for a Nuggets team that has lost two games in a row.

Four players are in double figures for Denver, with Kosta Koufos and Arron Afflalo leading the way with 11 points apiece. Ty Lawson and Corey Brewer each have 10 points. Denver shot 52.1% from the field in the first half, though the Nuggets did not hit a three-pointer (0-6).

Related: Nuggets at Thunder: More than miles divide this rivalry...

Oklahoma City shot just 42.9% despite Kevin Durant's 7-11 shooting effort. His 20 points are easily the game-high, and Russell Westbrook has 13.

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Nuggets Vs. Thunder Score Update: Durant Heats Up In Opening Quarter

Having lost seven of their last nine games, the Denver Nuggets know how important every victory is in the push for a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference. However, a trip to Oklahoma City to face Kevin Durant and the Thunder is a difficult matchup when trying to put an end to a two-game losing streak. Despite playing its third game in the past five days, Denver holds a 27-25 lead over the Thunder after the first quarter.

The Nuggets closed out the quarter with a 10-0 run to take the lead. Aaron Afflalo was very productive in the opening 12 minutes, scoring a team-high nine points and dishing out two assists. Corey Brewer played with great energy and tempo, as he scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds. Andre Miller came off the bench to score two points and dish out three assists.

Kevin Durant delivered with his typical offensive efficiency, scoring a game-high 12 points on 4/5 shooting from the field. Russell Westbrook scored seven points and dished out three assists for the Thunder.

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Nuggets Vs. Thunder: Timofey Mozgov, Kenneth Faried To Start Against OKC

The Denver Nuggets' ever-changing starting lineup will see another shake up on Sunday, as Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports that George Karl will be starting Kenneth Faried at forward in favor of Al Harrington while returning center Timofey Mozgov to the starting lineup.

Faried, Denver's 2011 first-round pick, has already started four times for the Nuggets this season despite entering only 11 games while being limited with injuries. He put up career-best numbers in Denver's previous game against the Memphis Grizzlies, setting new career-high figures with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Harrington struggled against Memphis, scoring just four points while failing to make a single field goal.

Mozgov is returning to the starting lineup after coming off the bench against Memphis, his first game back after dealing with a sprained ankle. Kosta Koufos has started in Mozgov's absence, but he'll be returning to a bench role now that Mozgov is near full strength.

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Nuggets Vs. Thunder: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets enter Sunday's game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder having lost seven of their last ten games, the latest of which was a heartbreaker against the Memphis Grizzlies that saw Denver fall on a last second tip-in after coming back from a 17 point halftime deficit. It will be the first time that the two teams have met since the Thunder vanquished the Nuggets in the first round of last year's playoffs, and it will find each team going in opposite directions, with the Thunder fighting for the Western Conference's top spot while the Nuggets hang onto playoff position for dear life.

The Nuggets have been ravished by injuries of late, and although Nene has been ruled out for Sunday's game, Denver may catch a small break. Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is being called a game time decision after spraining his right ankle on Friday night in Oklahoma City's victory over the Golden State Warriors. If Westbrook, who has yet to miss a game in his NBA career, is forced to sit out, the point guard duties will fall on the shoulders of seldom used veteran Royal Ivey and rookie Reggie Jackson, which would be welcome news to Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson.

The Thunder may also be without starting center Kendrick Perkins, who missed Oklahoma City's last game with a right knee contusion. But the Thunder will definitely trot out MVP candidate Kevin Durant and James Harden, their electrifying sixth man, and that alone makes them terrifying enough.

Game time/date: 6:00 p.m. MT, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

TV: ESPN

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Memphis' Dante Cunningham's Game Winning Tip-In (VIDEO)

The Denver Nuggets didn't hold the lead for long in Friday night's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, but they were 24 seconds from victory after Corey Brewer put them on top late in the fourth quarter. On Memphis' last possession, Rudy Gay took the ball on an isolation play on the wing and attempted a tough baseline fadeaway over two defenders.

The shot bounced off the front of the rim, where it hung in perfect position for a tip. Memphis' Dante Cunningham, who was able to get in position by slipping by an unsuspecting Kenneth Faried, happily obliged, giving the Grizzlies a thrilling victory.

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Nuggets Vs. Grizzlies Recap: Cunningham Tip-In Sinks Nuggets

Despite being dominated on the glass by the Memphis Grizzlies for most of the game, the Denver Nuggets were able to come all the way back from a 17 point halftime deficit to take a one point lead when Corey Brewer hit a jumper with 24 seconds left in the game. But Denver's inability to win the rebounding war would ultimately come back to bite them, as their comeback victory was snatched away when Memphis' Dante Cunningham tipped in a Rudy Gay miss with .2 seconds left on the clock.

The Nuggets were the superior team in both the third and fourth quarters, where they were led by Corey Brewer, who made five three pointers in third, hit the potential game-winning shot and finished with 26 points on 10-14 shooting. Denver also got a huge performance from back up PF Kenneth Faried, who chipped in with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 9-15 shooting but failed to block Cunningham out on the fatal tip.

For a Nuggets team that desperately needed a pick me up, tonight's game will likely be felt as a crushing defeat. They'll have a chance to redeem themselves on Sunday night when they continue their road trip vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Nuggets Vs. Grizzlies Score Update: Nuggets Down 83-73 After Three

The Denver Nuggets put themselves in position to score a comeback win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night with a strong third quarter that cut Memphis' lead to 10 as the teams entered the fourth quarter. Denver outscored the Grizzlies by 7 in the quarter, bringing what once looked like a blowout back into the realm of the reachable.

The Nuggets still got dominated on the glass in the quarter, but used a barrage of threes from current starting small forward Corey Brewer to begin their comeback attempt. Brewer, who hit five threes in the quarter, hit three total in less than a minute midway through the third, which brought Memphis' 20 point lead back down to 14.

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Nuggets Vs. Grizzlies: Sluggish Nuggets Down 60-43 At Half

The Denver Nuggets' attempt to shake themselves out of their prolonged slump got off on the wrong foot on Friday night, as they've been unable to dig themselves out an early first quarter hole. The Memphis Grizzlies jumped out to a 34-15 lead after the first quarter, and were able to maintain that margin, allowing them to head into the locker room up 60-43 at half.

The Nuggets shot a respectable 43% from the field in the first half, but were only 1-5 from three and were out-rebounded by Memphis by a margin of 28-17. Ty Lawson led Denver in the first, scoring eight points on 3-6 shooting to go along with three assists. But Lawson's plus-minus was -19 for the half, which was more or less matched by the entirety of the Nuggets line up, which has been dominated so far on Friday night.

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Nuggets Vs. Grizzlies Score Update: Memphis Up 34-15 After 1st Quarter

The Denver Nuggets have been no match for the hot-shooting Memphis Grizzlies so far, and now they'll have to dig their way out of an early 34-15 hole. The Grizzlies shot an impressive 15-24 from the field in the quarter, including a 4-7 effort from beyond the arc. They also grabbed four offensive rebounds and finished the quarter with a +2 turnover margin.

Related: Nuggets at Grizzlies: So, drive the ball you say?

That was all too much to keep up with for Denver, which is shooting just 31.2% from the field. Arron Afflalo leads the Nuggets with five points, while Ty Lawson added four.

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Ends The Week With A Pair Of Road Games

The Denver Nuggets have won just three of their last 10 games as injuries have mounted, and they've slipped to 5.5 games behind Northwest division-leading Oklahoma City. But they'll have an opportunity to cut into that lead on Sunday.

Friday, Nov. 17: at Memphis Grizzlies (6:00 p.m. MT, Altitude2)
Given Denver's recent slide, there's a little more urgency to this game, as these two teams currently sit in seventh and eighth place in the West. Memphis, which has been a much better team at home, is led in scoring by Rudy Gay.

Related: Nuggets at Grizzlies: So, drive the ball you say?

Sunday, Nov. 19: at Oklahoma City Thunder (6:00 p.m. MT, Altitude2 or ESPN)
The Thunder are not only atop the Northwest but the entire Western Conference, and they've only lost one game at home all season.

Related: OKC Thunder and Final Shots: How Bad/Good Are They?

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Nuggets Vs. Grizzlies: Al Harrington Draws First Start Of 2012 Season; Timofey Mozgov Returns

George Karl has not wanted to disrupt his bench rotation this season even with the numerous injuries the Denver Nuggets have had over the last couple of weeks, but that has changed on Friday night. Karl has decided to start forward Al Harrington for the first time this season, reports the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey.

Harrington is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 26.8 minutes off the bench this season, making him a strong candidate for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. Harrington will likely force rookie Kenneth Faried back to the bench.

Timofey Mozgov will return from an ankle injury, but will only play in limited minutes. Mozgov has not played in a couple of weeks, injuring his ankle against the Lakers. Kosta Koufos has started in his place and most recently had 12 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

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Nuggets Vs. Grizzlies: Denver Tries To Get Back On Track In Memphis

The Denver Nuggets have struggled amid a rash of injuries, and are winners of just three of their previous 10 games, but they will likely have to play shorthanded again on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Timofey Mozgov (left ankle sprain) is a game time decision. Danilo Gallinari (left ankle sprain) is out. Nene (left calf strain) is a game-time decision. That means the pressure once again flows to Ty Lawson and Andre Miller to get the offense out in transition and create easy looks for Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington.

Jeffrey Morton of Denver Stiffs, SB Nation's Denver Nuggets blog, explains exactly how the team needs to operate with Danilo Gallinai out:

My advice? Heed no stop sign, just get the ball and go to the cup. Draw as much contact as possible. Packing the lane only works if you let it. Simple as that. If you drive in every single time you have the ball in the half court set a couple things will happen. Fouls will be called on the defense, an offensive foul will be called, or someone will score or get an easy attempt at a layup. Three out of those four possibilities are good for the offensive teams. Keep doing it over and over and over. The hedging that the opposing teams are doing will only work as long as the point guard (Ty, Andre) get the ball out of their hands. Keep the ball and GO. That will loosen up the lane for more lay ups or mid range jumpers, which will in-turn make for easier three-point shots.

As for the Grizzlies, they have been surviving without Zach Randolph by using a well-balanced offensive attack to compliment a stingy defense. Rudy Gay does most of the scoring, while Mike Conley and Marc Gasol contribute some important baskets along the way. The defense in led by Tony Allen and Gasol, both of whom bring a physical style of defense that can easily frustrate opponents.

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Game day/time: 6:00 PM MT, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2012

Location: FedExForum, Memphis, TN

TV: Altitude 2

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Final Score: Denver Blown Out Vs. Mavericks

The Denver Nuggets were never close during a 102-84 loss to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. The Mavericks led by 10 after the first quarter, broke it wide open in the third and never looked back. The loss drops Denver to 17-13 overall, while Dallas moves to 19-11 with the win.

Six Dallas scorers reached double-figures. Shawn Marion had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists for the Mavericks in the win. Vince Carter added 14 points and six rebounds. Star forward Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points for Dallas.

Rudy Fernandez's 14 points led the five Denver scorers who reached double-figures tonight. Al Harrington had 13 points, while Kosta Koufos and Kenneth Faried each had 12 points. Faried and fellow rookie forward Jordan Hamilton (10 points) each played well late.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Score Update: Dallas Pulls Away In The Third

The Denver Nuggets entered tonight's contest against the Dallas Mavericks as winners of two straight games, but it appears Dallas is intent on ending the modest streak before it gets any longer. After three quarters at the American Airlines Center, the defending champion Mavericks lead the Nuggets 83-54. Dallas broke the game wide open in the third quarter by outscoring the Nuggets 32-15.

Six Dallas players have already reached double-figures in scoring, led by 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists from forward Shawn Marion, who has been everywhere. Lamar Odom has 14 points for Dallas off the bench, while Vince Carter and Jason Kidd have each added 13 points. Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points.

Rudy Fernandez has 14 points to lead Denver. Al Harrington has added 13 points off the bench. Center Kosta Koufos leads all Nuggets starters with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Score Update: Denver Heads Into Half Down 51-39

The Denver Nuggets entered their Wednesday night contest against the Dallas Mavericks leading the league in points per game at over 104 per contest. But after one half of play tonight at American Airlines Center, it's clear that Denver has been unable to find its offensive groove. Dallas leads the Nuggets 51-39 at halftime in a game characterized by poor shooting for Denver.

Denver finished the half 14-42 (33.3 percent) from the field. While Corey Brewer's six points leads all Nuggets starters, Rudy Fernandez provided a big lift for Denver in the second quarter. Fernandez finishes the half with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, which included a pair of three-pointers. Al Harrington came off the bench to add seven points.

Lamar Odom leads Dallas with 10 points at the half. Four Dallas players have scored eight points, including star forward Dirk Nowitzki.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Score Update: Denver Trails By 10 After One

Perhaps the Denver Nuggets are battling tired legs in addition to the Dallas Mavericks tonight at American Airlines Arena. The Nuggets played last night, beating the Suns at home, and now trail the Mavericks 27-17 after one quarter in Dallas.

Denver's starting lineup seems to constantly be in flux, and tonight they offer another new look: Kosta Koufos returns to get the start at center, and Corey Brewer and Kenneth Faried start at the forward spots. Denver looks like a team in limbo after a quarter, hitting just 5-of-18 shots from the field (27.8 percent).

Rudy Fernandez's four points leads Denver after one. Ty Lawson and Al Harrington each have three points.

Dirk Nowitzki has eight points to power the Mavericks. Shawn Marion added six points in the first quarter, while Lamar Odom scored five.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks: Denver Looks For 3rd Straight Win With Road Trip To Dallas

The Denver Nuggets snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday with a road victory on Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers. Tuesday night's 17-point victory over the Phoenix Suns extended that win streak to two games, but the Nuggets will have no rest for a third straight win. They are playing the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night on the road.

Nene and Timofey Mozgov will likely not play again due to a calf strain an ankle injury. Kenneth Faried and Kosta Koufos will start their places, as they did on Tuesday night. And with Danilo Gallinari out with his ankle injury, Corey Brewer will be the starter at small forward.

The Mavericks, meanwhile, have won four straight games, a streak that started with a victory over the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Since then, Minnesota, Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers have fallen to the defending 2011 NBA Champions.

Game time/date: 6:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Tx.

TV: Altitude, Fox Sports-Southwest

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Final Score: Nuggets Win 109-92

Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and Ty Lawson added 17 points as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Phoenix Suns 109-92 at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night. The wire-to-wire victory is the second straight win for the Nuggets, who improve to 17-12. Phoenix, who played without star guard Steve Nash, falls to 12-17.

Rookie forward Kenneth Faried made the most of a rare start, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds (four offensive) in the win. Three Denver reserves also reached double-figures, led by a huge second half effort from Chris Andersen. The Birdman dropped 16 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks on the Suns. Al Harrington (12 points) and Rudy Fernandez (11 points) also played well off the bench.

Rookie Markieff Morris scored 21 to lead the Suns. Michael Redd added 20 points in the defeat for Phoenix.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Score Update: Denver Takes 16 Point Lead Into Fourth

The Denver Nuggets are in prime position to win their second straight game. Denver takes a 86-70 lead against the Steve Nash-less Phoenix Suns into the fourth quarter on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center behind strong efforts from starting guards Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson.

Afflalo has 20 points after three quarters on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Lawson has been every bit as good, finishing the quarter with 17 points and five assists. The only other Denver player in double figures is Chris Andersen. The Birdman came off the bench to post 10 points and six rebounds through three quarters.

Without Nash, former Bucks gunner Michael Redd has put together a throw-back game. Redd has 20 points through three quarters, which includes three makes in four tries from downtown. Rookie Markieff Morris has 17 points for Phoenix off the bench.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Score Update: Denver Leads By Seven At Halftime

The Denver Nuggets are looking for consecutive victories to follow a five-game losing streak, and tonight at the Pepsi Center, George Karl's team is off to a good start. The Nuggets lead 58-51 against the Phoenix Suns at halftime. Nine Denver players scored in the first half.

Ty Lawson scored only two points in the second quarter, but has a team-leading 12 points heading into the third quarter. Rookie Kenneth Faried is making the most of his opportunity in the starting lineup, posting nine points. Guard Rudy Fernandez also scored nine points for Denver coming off the bench.

Playing without star point guard Steve Nash, Phoenix has been led by Michael Redd. Redd has 11 points and two rebounds on 4-of-8 shooting. Rookie Markieff Morris is also playing well off the bench. The Kansas product has 13 points and five rebounds at the half.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Score Update: Denver Leads 33-21 After One

Ty Lawson scored 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting to help get the Denver Nuggets out to a 33-21 lead after one quarter tonight against the Phoenix Suns. The Nuggets had lost five straight before defeating the Pacers on Saturday, and a strong first quarter hints that perhaps George Karl's crew is about to return to form.

Kenneth Faried and Corey Brewer each started tonight for Denver, and both went 2-of-4 from the field in the first quarter to finish with six points and four points, respectively. Guard Rudy Fernandez scored six points in just three minutes for the Nuggets by hitting a pair of three-pointers.

Center Marcin Gortat finished with six points and five rebounds to pace the Suns. Jared Dudley and Michael Redd each scored four for Phoenix.

Denver is 14-of-23 from the field (61 percent), while Phoenix is 7-of-23 (30 percent).

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Suns Vs. Nuggets: Corey Brewer, Kenneth Faried Will Start On Tuesday Night

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl confirmed on Tuesday that the team will be without Nene and Timofey Mozgov for the night's game against the Phoenix Suns.

Kosta Koufos has been starting in Mozgov's place ever since the ankle injury while rookie Kenneth Faried has seen increased playing time in February as a result of Nene's injuries -- this time a calf strain. Faried had eight points and 10 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors a couple of games ago, both career highs.

Danilo Gallinari is out for at least a month with an ankle injury, which means Corey Brewer continues to pick up starts at small forward. Arron Afflalo, who could play small forward, stays at shooting guard after dealing with injuries a little while ago.

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Suns Vs. Nuggets: Shorthanded Denver Team Tries For First Winning Streak Since January

Denver Nuggets have been nearly overrun by injuries to key players in the past several weeks, but they finally did and a five-game losing streak by knocking off the Indiana Pacers 113-109 on Saturday. Since winning six straight games during a stretch from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27, the banged up Nuggets have lost seven of their last nine games and are hoping to tread water without important starters once again. Nene (calf) and Timofey Mozgoz (ankle) are not expected to play on Tuesday, while Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is out, so it will be up to Ty Lawson, Al Harrington and Andre Miller to carry the load.

Meanwhile, Steve Nash has been a beast in high pick and roll over the last five games, averaging 13.4 points on a scorching 64.4 percent shooting and 12.8 assists and raising the play of nearly every other Suns starter. SB Nation Arizona puts together a weekly power ranking of Suns players, and this week's version highlights just how well Jared Dudley and Channing Frye have fed off the great play of Steve Nash:

2. Channing Frye (10): Channing had, by far, his best week of the season. He exploded for 17.8 points and six rebounds in four games, including nabbing 21/10 in a losing effort against Houston. He's still inconsistent (zero rebounds in 27 minutes against the Kings??), but his production is on the uptick. Frye doesn't need to be the team's second-best player, but he needs to keep up his shooting percentages.

3. Jared Dudley (3): Both Channing Frye and Jared Dudley found their shooting touch this week. The Junkyard Dog shot a scorching 63 percent from the floor in four games this year after coming back injury. He had 20 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in the win against the Kings, and averaged 14.3 points in the other three. The Suns are a decent team when all of their core players are contributing.

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Game day/time: 7:00 PM MT, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

TV: Altitude

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Nuggets Injury Update: Nene And Timofey Mozgov Not Expected To Play Tuesday, According To George Karl

According to Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, the team is likely to be shorthanded when it hosts the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Mozgov has an ankle injury, while Nene has been bothered by heel and calf problems. Gallinari, who has a foot injury, has not played since Feb. 6.

Related: Nuggets at Pacers recap: The 500 lb gorilla takes a night off; visits Pacers

A lot of offensive firepower will be sitting on the sidelines Tuesday -- Gallinari leads the team with 17 points per game, and Nene is averaging 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Plays Three Of Four Games On The Road

The Denver Nuggets ended a five-game losing streak on Saturday and will look to start a winning streak on Tuesday.

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