Warriors Vs. Nuggets: Denver's Late Rally Not Enough, Go Down 109-101

The Denver Nuggets gave up their lead in the third quarter and just couldn't do enough at the end of the game to beat the Golden State Warriors.

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Warriors Vs. Nuggets Final Score: Denver's Late Surge Not Enough, Lose 109-101

The Denver Nuggets took a 51-47 lead over the Golden State Warriors into halftime, but a big third quarter by the Warriors saw them overtake the Nuggets on the score board. Denver rallied in the fourth quarter by dropping 30 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Warriors 37 point quarter right after halftime. Stephen Curry was unstoppable in the game, picking up 36 points with 7 assists and 7 rebounds, hitting on 6 of his 9 three-point shot attempts on the night. Klay Thompson also added 19 points from the bench for Golden State, hitting on 3 of his 4 three-point shots in the 109-101 victory.

In the loss for the Nuggets, Arron Afflalo had a big second half and ended the game leading the team in score with 26 points and hitting on 5 of his 8 three-point shot attempts. Center Nene picked up just three points in the second half of the game to end the night with 15 points total and only 5 rebounds while Al Harrington picked up 11 points off the bench for the Nuggets.

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Warriors Vs. Nuggets: Denver Holds 51-47 Lead At Halftime

The Denver Nuggets welcomed in the the Golden State Warriors to the Pepsi Arena with the Nuggets looking to get off a four-game losing skid. The Nuggets held a small lead early in the first quarter and built upon it in the second quarter, taking a 51-47 lead into halftime. Nene led the Nuggets in scoring with 12 points and was the only player for Denver in double digit points. While Kenneth Faried scored just eight points in the first half, he did pick up seven rebounds.

If Denver wants to hold on to their lead and snap their losing streak, they'll need to slow down Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Curry leads the Warriors in scoring so far on the night, picking up 21 points in the first half with 4 assists and hitting on 3 of his 6 three-point shot attempts.

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Warriors Vs. Nuggets Preview: Denver Hopes To Stop Four-Game Losing Streak

The Denver Nuggets have been hit with an inordinate amount of injuries over the last few weeks, and even with Arron Afflalo and Nene returning to the lineup on Wednesday, they couldn't quite stop the bleeding against the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Denver's typically up-tempo style of play hasn't looked as effective or energetic with so many players missing from the lineup, but perhaps the Golden State Warriors are just what they need to turn things around.

The Warriors have lost six of their last nine games, including two straight. Their most recent loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder is one where they failed to capitalize on a 48-point night from Monta Ellis, a triple-double from David Lee and a near perfect game from point guard Stephen Curry. Those three players are still the biggest threats that the Nuggets will need to contend with to get the win on Thursday night, so Arron Afflalo will need to be ready to put in work as a feisty perimeter defender. Then again, Afflalo hasn't exactly looked like the player the Nuggets thought they were signing to an extension in the off-season, and the staff at Denver Stiffs was quick to point that out after the loss to the Mavs:

The Nuggets looked terrible tonight. Arron Afflalo tried to get himself going and had 12 points, but he was just 4-12 shooting and a miserable 2-8 from downtown. If you can't get your outside shot going ... why not stop and do something else? Well, Afflalo's shake-and-bake dribble drives remind me of a Knowshon Moreno run ... lots of footwork and show, but just a 1-yard run. Afflalo finished with a team low -21 in the +/- department and is making the off-season contract look like a mistake this season. AAA could still bounce back, but might the Nuggets make him expendable if the right trade comes along?

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Game day/time: 7:00 PM MT, Thursday, February 9, 2012

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

TV: Altitude

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Final Score: Dallas Upends Denver 105-95

The Denver Nuggets dropped their fourth straight game on Wednesday night, losing to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks 105-95 at the Pepsi Center. The loss drops Denver to 15-11 overall and 7-6 at home, while Dallas improves to 15-11 overall and 6-6 on the road.

The Mavericks were led by Dirk Nowitzki, who shot 11-of-20 from the field to finish with 25 points and nine rebounds. Guard Vince Carter added 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the win. Rodrigue Beaubois scored all 13 of his points for Dallas in the first half. Mavericks forward Shawn Marion chipped in 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Rudy Fernandez and Al Harrington each scored 17 points to lead the Nuggets. Nene finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in the loss.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Score Update: Denver Trails By Nine Heading Into The Fourth

The Dallas Mavericks lead the Denver Nuggets 87-78 through three quarters tonight at the Pepsi Center. Each team entered on a three-game losing streak, and George Karl's crew will have some work to do in the fourth quarter to avoid dropping their fourth straight game.

Dallas has rode balanced scoring throughout, led by star power forward Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk has 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Shooting guard Vince Carter has 15 points and seven assists for Dallas. Rodrique Beaubois has 13 points and two rebounds.

Six Denver players have alread reached double-figures in scoring. Nene leads the way with 15 points and seven rebounds through three quarters. Rudy Fernandez has 14 points off the bench, while Al Harrington (12 points) and Andre Miller (11 points) have also played well off the pine. Starting point guard Ty Lawson has 10 points and seven assists thus far.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Score Update: Dallas Leads By 11 At Half

The Denver Nuggets are hoping to end their three-game losing streak tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, but through the first half, Denver trails the defending champs 64-53 at the Pepsi Center. Denver has been a bit out of control in the first half, finishing with nine turnovers, compared to just four for the Mavs.

Guard Rodrique Beaubois has 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead Dallas off the bench. Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points and three rebounds on 5-of-9 shooting. Shawn Marion has nine points and three rebounds for Dallas, while starting guards Vince Carter and Delonte West each have seven points.

Center Nene returned from injury tonight, and has 11 points and five rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting through one half. Guard Rudy Fernandez also has 11 points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting. Point guard Ty Lawson has 10 points and five assists for Denver at the half.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Score Update: Dallas Leads Short-Handed Denver Squad After One

Something has to give tonight at the Pepsi Center. The Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks each enter as losers of three straight, and through one quarter, it's Dallas that holds the 33-25 lead.

Seven Mavericks scored in the first, led by Delonte West's seven points. Rodrique Beaubois also added seven for the Mavericks off the bench. Shawn Marion had six points for Dallas, while teammates Vince Carter and Ian Mahinmi each scored five in the opening period.

Ty Lawson and Nene each have seven points for Denver. Andre Miller came off the bench to finish with five points, four assists, and two rebounds for the Nuggets in the quarter.

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Mavericks Vs. Nuggets: Corey Brewer Out Against Dallas

The Denver Nuggets will once again be playing with 11 active players as they face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Nuggets forward Corey Brewer will once again be out while he spends time with his family following the passing of his father.

Without Brewer on the wing once again, Denver is going to have to turn to some unusual suspects. Without Danilo Gallinari, who sustained a ankle injury recently, Julyan Stone is starting in his place at small forward. Usual starter Arron Afflalo is good to go for the game against Dallas, though, so they'll have him in addition to Stone, Rudy Fernandez and Jordan Hamiliton.

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Mavericks Vs. Nuggets: Julyan Stone To Start Again In Place Of Danilo Gallinari

The Denver Nuggets will once again be starting undrafted rookie Julyan Stone at small forward in place of the injured Danilo Gallinari, according to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. Rounding out Denver's starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks are Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Chris Andersen and Nene.

Stone, 23, made his first career start against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 6, playing a career-high 21 minutes. The undrafted rookie out of UTEP has appeared in six games with the Nuggets since making his NBA debut on Jan. 11 against the New Jersey Nets.

Over Stone's first six games, he's averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in 10.5 minutes, shooting a solid 46 percent from the field. With Gallinari expected to be out for a while, don't be surprised if Stone ends up sticking around for a bit.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Preview: Denver Looks To End Losing Skid

When the NBA shortened 2011-2012 season began, the Denver Nuggets were favored by many to finish at the top of the Western Conference thanks to their superior depth across the board. But now, after a rash of injuries, Denver is being tested with much of its depth wiped out, and the results, at least so far, haven't been pretty.

The Nuggets will look to snap a three game losing streak tonight vs. the Dallas Mavericks, a team that has also dropped three games in a row, most recently to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The small bit of good news for the Nuggets is that guard Arron Afflalo is expected to play in Wednesday night's game, according to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. Afflalo missed Monday night's game vs. the Houston Rockets with ankle and toe injuries, as did center Nene, who is said to be a game-time decision.

Hochman also reports that Rudy Fernandez, who strained his back vs. the Rockets, will play vs. Dallas, though there has been no update on when Corey Brewer, who is with his family after the death of his father, will be back with the team.

Game date/time: Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 7:00 p.m. MT

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colo.

TV: ALT

Radio: KFFN 950 AM

Odds: No line

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VIDEO: Danilo Gallinari Injures Left Ankle Vs. Rockets, May Be 'Out A While'

Denver Nuggets star forward Danilo Gallinari drove to the free throw line extended and suffered a left foot injury (a chip fracture) in the third quarter of the Denver Nuggets' 99-90 home loss to the Houston Rockets, and left the Pepsi Center in a walking boot after the game on Monday night. Gallinari has thrived in the Nuggets' fast-paced attack this season, leading the team with 17.0 points per contest, but the Italian forward sounded worried that he would miss extended time after an on-site X-rays revealed a chip fracture in his left foot. He is scheduled to undergo a CT scan on Tuesday to better determine the extent of the injury.

"Nervous. Nervous that I'm going to be out for a while," Gallinari said to reporters when asked about his reaction to the play that forced him to hobble off the court after hitting his free throws. His comments to the Nuggets' team website echoed those sentiments:

"I am worried, but injuries happen," said Gallinari, who is averaging a team-leading 17 points per game. "I'm not happy it happened to me. I wanted to play (after the injury) and I wanted to win this game more than anything. I'll be out ... I don't know how long."

Just as the Nuggets were picking up steam in the Western Conference, Gallinari's injury puts the team down to one healthy starter: star point guard Ty Lawson. Even Lawson has been dealing with his own injuries, so it will be interesting to see if Denver can somehow keep their season afloat without the majority of their starting lineup available to George Karl. Rudy Fernandez will be asked to step up his play if Gallinari misses extended time.

Here is a look at the injury via NBA.com (check it out around the around the 1:05 mark in the video):

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Nuggets Vs. Rockets Final Score: Houston Prevails 99-90

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George Karl won't ever make excuses for the Denver Nuggets, but his team had a few convenient ones after a 99-90 loss to the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center. Denver started little used youngsters Kenneth Faried and Julyan Stone in place of the injured Arron Afflalo and Nene, and the two combined to score just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting from the floor. Perhaps the bigger reason Denver fell was its inability to hit three-point shots. The Nuggets finished the game just 3-for-22 from downtown, while Houston knocked down 10 of its 19 three-pointer attempts.

The Rockets were led by the two-headed monster of power foward Luis Scola and point guard Kyle Lowry. Scola finished with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Lowry had 20 points and six assists.

Six Denver players reached double-figures in scoring. Danilo Gallinari had 14 points and two rebounds for Denver, while teammate Ty Lawson added 13 points and seven assists. Rudy Fernandez added 14 points for the Denver in the loss.

The Nuggets fall to 15-10 with the defeat, while Houston improves to 14-11.

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Danilo Gallinari Injury: Nuggets Forward Has Chip Fracture In Left Foot

The Denver Nuggets continue to receive more bad news on the injury front for the team. Danilo Gallinari rolled his ankle and had to leave the court to have it examined. X-rays later revealed that he has a chip fracture in his left ankle, keeping him out for the rest of the game. He will have a CT scan on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

The Nuggets are now down to one regular starter: point guard Ty Lawson. Arron Afflalo, Timofey Mozgov and Nene were declared out earlier in the day with a variety of injuries. Corey Brewer also left the team temporarily to be with his family while they grieve for the loss of his father.

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Nuggets Vs. Rockets Score Update: Nuggets Trail By Two Going Into The Fourth

The Denver Nuggets are just 1-for-15 from three-point range tonight, but still have themselves in position to get a victory heading into the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center. Houston leads 73-71 heading into the final period in a game the Nuggets are playing without star center Nene and starting two guard Arron Afflalo.

Denver is shooting 29-of-64 (45 percent) from the field while Houston has made 27-of-65 shots (41.5 percent). While Denver has dominated the boards with a 42-30 edge , Houston's three-point shooting has been the difference. The Rockets are 7-of-16 from downtown.

Forward Luis Scola has 21 points and seven rebounds to lead the Rockets. Kyle Lowry has chipped in 17 points, while shooting guard Courtney Lee has 10 off the bench for Houston.

Danilo Gallinari has 14 points to lead all Denver scorers. Rudy Fernandez has 11 points and Chris Andersen has 10 points for the Nuggets thus far.

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Nuggets Vs. Rockets Score Update: Denver Trails By Two At Halftime

The Denver Nuggets are playing without two starters tonight against the Houston Rockets, but have been able to stick with Kevin McHale's crew through the first half. The Rockets lead 47-45 at halftime at the Pepsi Center.

Denver would have the lead if they could connect on a few three-pointer attempts. Denver is currently 0-for-9 from downtown. The Nuggets are used to topping 30 points in a quarter, but managed just 17 in the second against Houston.

The Rockets were led by Luis Scola, who has 16 points and four rebounds. Kyle Lowry has 12 points and three assists. Shooting guard Courtney Lee has six points off the bench for Houston.

Forward Danilo Gallinari had 10 points and two rebounds in the half for Denver. Ty Lawson has seven points, while Chris Andresen and Rudy Fernandez each came off the bench to score six.

The Nuggets have 13 turnovers, compared to just four for Houston.

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Nuggets Vs. Rockets Score Update: Denver Leads 28-26 After One

The Denver Nuggets are playing without Arron Afflalo and Nene tonight against the Houston Rockets, but through one quarter, they certainly seem like they can still compete with Houston. Denver leads the Rockets 28-26 after one quarter.

Eight Denver players scored in the first quarter, including rarely used guard Julyan Stone and rookie forward Kenneth Faried, each thurst into the starting lineup when coach George Karl chose to keep his bench rotation as is. Forward Danilo Gallinari leads Denver with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting. Ty Lawson and Al Harrington each added five points.

Power forward Luis Scola is leading the Rockets with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting. Starting guard Kyle Lowry has seven points and two rebounds.

Denver is shooting 14-of-24 from the field (58.3 percent). Houston is shooting 10-of-27 (37 percent). Denver out-rebounded the Rockets 14-10.

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Rockets Vs. Nuggets: George Karl Will Start Rookies Kenneth Faried And Julyan Stone

The Denver Nuggets will be without several players due to injury. This has prompted head coach George Karl to move rookies Kenneth Faried and Julyan Stone into the starting lineup.

This means that Kosta Koufos at center, Danilo Gallinari at small forward, and Ty Lawson at point guard will be joined by Kenneth Faried at power forward and Julyan Stone as the off guard. Andre Miller will come off the bench along with Al Harrington.

The injuries forcing these moves: Nene is out with a left heel sprain; Arron Afflalo is unable to play due to a left ankle sprain and a right big toe sprain; and Timofey Mozgov is out with an ankle sprain. The bench will be short, as well, with Corey Brewer leaving the team to be with his family following the passing of his father.

Game time/date: 7:00 p.m. MT, Feb. 6, 2012

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

TV: Altitude, FSN-Houston

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Corey Brewer Leaves Denver Nuggets To Grieve Father's Death

The Denver Nuggets will be without bench player Corey Brewer as he will return home to attend to his father's funeral.

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