Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Falls To Golden State

The Denver Nuggets lost to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

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2012 NBA Standings: Western Conference Playoff Race Is Really Tight

The 2012 NBA Playoffs are rapidly approaching, and the Denver Nuggets find themselves in a heated battle with the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns for the final four spots in the Western Conference bracket. Everything is up in the air in the bottom part of the bracket, as the Nuggets are currently in a three-way tie with the Mavs and Rockets for the No. 6 slot, and underdeveloped tiebreakers put Denver at No. 8 right now, but the Suns and Jazz are desperately trying to get in the tournament.

Here is a look at the Western Conference playoff standings heading into Thursday's slate of games:

WESTERNWLPCTGBCONF
1 y - Oklahoma City Thunder 42 16 0.724 - 29-11
2 x - San Antonio Spurs 40 16 0.714 1 26-13
3 LA Lakers 37 22 0.627 5.5 28-13
4 LA Clippers 35 23 0.603 7 24-18
5 Memphis Grizzlies 34 23 0.596 7.5 22-20
6 Dallas Mavericks 32 26 0.552 10 22-20
7 Houston Rockets 32 26 0.552 10 21-20
8 Denver Nuggets 32 26 0.552 10 17-24
Utah Jazz 31 28 0.525 11.5 21-21
Phoenix Suns 30 28 0.517 12 20-20

Here is a rundown of the relevant tie-breaker rules (via NBA.com):

a. Two Teams Tied

b. More Than Two Teams Tied

(1) Better winning percentage in games against each other.

(1) Better winning percentage in all games among the tied teams.

(2) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.

(2) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.

(3) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

(3) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

(4) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).

(4) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents ("point differential").

(5) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents ("point differential").

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Nuggets Schedule 2012: Denver Looks To Solidify Playoff Position

The Denver Nuggets are coming off a loss and they're just 5-5 over their last 10 games, but they are maintaining a hold on the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference. With just 10 games to play in the regular season, the Nuggets have one-game lead on ninth place Phoenix, and both Utah and Portland are within striking distance.

Related: Scouting the Playoff Competition: Good Matchup/Bad Matchup

That makes every game crucial for the Nuggets, and this week they'll host the Warriors and Timberwolves before hitting the road to face the Lakers.

Denver's full schedule is here; this is the week ahead:

Monday, April 9: vs. Golden State Warriors (7:00 p.m. MT, Altitude)

Wednesday, April 11: vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7:00 p.m. MT, Altitude)

Friday, April 13: at Los Angeles Lakers (8:30 p.m. MT, Altitude)

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Nuggets Vs. Warriors Final Score: Denver Loses To Another Sub-.500 Team

The Denver Nuggets fell on the road to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday 112-97 in a game with major playoff implications. The loss drops the Nuggets down to the eight seed in the Western Conference standings, with both the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz only a game behind.

Golden State's bench scored 57 points to power the Warriors to victory. Seven Warriors reached double-digits in scoring, led by 20 points from guard Brandon Rush. Power forward David Lee put up 17 points and nine rebounds in the win, while rookie guard Klay Thompson had 15 points.

Ty Lawson had some damning words for his teammates following the loss, saying the defeat to a third sub-.500 team in three weeks was unacceptable for his team. Lawson fueled Denver in the loss, finishing with a team-high 21 points and six assists. Al Harrington added 19 points off the bench for Denver. Arron Afflalo had 16 points and four rebounds.

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Nuggets Vs. Warriors: Denver Tries To Keep Momentum After Their Win Over Phoenix

The Denver Nuggets pulled off an extremely important 105-99 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night and grabbed firm control of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, but now they need to keep that momentum by beating the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors are predisposed with their own unofficially quest to fall into the bottom seven teams in the NBA because their 2012 NBA Draft pick is top-7 protected, so Denver has a perfect opportunity to gain even more separation from Phoenix and Utah in the playoff race.

Here's a look at the NBA's Western Conference Standings heading into Saturday's action:

WESTERN WLPCTGB
1 San Antonio Spurs 39 14 0.736 -
2 x - Oklahoma City Thunder 40 15 0.727 -
3 LA Lakers 35 21 0.625 5 ½
4 LA Clippers 33 22 0.6 7
5 Memphis Grizzlies 31 23 0.574 8 ½
6 Dallas Mavericks 31 25 0.554 9 ½
7 Houston Rockets 30 25 0.545 10
8 Denver Nuggets 30 25 0.545 10
Utah Jazz 29 27 0.518 11 ½
Phoenix Suns 28 27 0.509 12

Here's what the West bracket would look like if the season ended suddenly.

Spurs (1) vs. Nuggets (8)
Thunder (2) vs. Rockets (7)
Lakers (3) vs. Mavericks (6)
Clippers (4) vs. Grizzlies (5)

This is the information you need to find the game on Saturday:

Game time: 7:00 p.m. MT; Friday, April 6, 2012

Location: ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

TV: ESPN, Altitude

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Recap: Nuggets Pull Out Huge 105-99 Victory Over Suns

The Denver Nuggets (30-25) have had some crushing losses in recent weeks, including ones to the Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets, two of the worst teams in the NBA. But their win on Friday night over the Phoenix Suns (28-27)— which secures them a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Suns should the two teams finish the season with the same record at the end of the season— was just the opposite.

The Nuggets were led to a rousing 105-99 victory by guards Arron Afflalo and Andre Miller. Afflalo carried the Nuggets for most of the night, playing 42 minutes and finishing with 30 points on 11-19 shooting and 5-9 shooting from three. But it was Miller that closed the game out for Denver, scoring six of his 15 points in the game's final three and half minutes, including a lay up with two and a half minutes left that gave them a 99-98 lead that they would not relinquish.

Tomorrow night will be a quick turnaround for the Nuggets who will fly west to Oakland to visit the new look Golden State Warriors.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Score Update: Nuggets Up 78-75 After Three

The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns continued to battle in the third quarter of their match up on Friday night, with a late Al Harrington three pointer giving the Nuggets a 78-75 lead after three quarters. The Nuggets have ridden another huge game from guard Arron Aflalo, who exits the third with 27 points on 10-16 shooting including 4-7 on three pointers.

The other Nuggets in double figures are Al Harrington (with 17 points) and rookie Jordan Hamilton (11), as the team has battled hot shooting from Suns Jared Dudley and Channing Frye, as well as Shannon Brown, who leads Phoenix with 18 points albeit on 7-16 shooting from the field.

The Nuggets evened the rebounding battle a bit in the third, grabbing two more boards than the Suns after getting outworked to the tune of nine rebounds in the first half.

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Nuggets Vs. Suns Score Update: Teams Tied at 52 After Half

In one of their biggest games to-date, the Denver Nuggets went into halftime on Friday night tied 52-52 with the Phoenix Suns as both teams battle for the playoffs in the cutthroat Western Conference. The Nuggets shot a dismal 38% in the half, including 4-12 from three, but their defense was able to force the Suns into nine first half turnovers, and Denver used those extra possessions to their advantage in scraping out a first half draw.

Once again the Nuggets were worked over on the glass, giving up 27 rebounds to the Suns while only grabbing 19 for themselves. JaVale McGee and Al Harrington pulled down one combined rebound in 23 minutes while lightweight three-point hawk Channing Frye snatched eight boards by himself in only 16 minutes of play.

Arron Aflalo led the Nuggets with 17 points on 6-11 shooting, with Harrington following him with 12 points. The Suns shot 48% from the field and 57% from three, and if the Nuggets can't continue to cause turnovers, they might once again find themselves in the loss column.

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Suns Vs. Nuggets Preview: Denver Returns Home For Big Game Against Phoenix

The Denver Nuggets (29-25, 15-12 home) are coming off a grueling seven-game road trip where they dropped four contests and are licking their wounds after Wednesday's 94-92 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, but things don't get any easier when they host the Phoenix Suns (28-26, 12-15 away) on Friday night. The game has serious implications in the Western Conference playoff race as well. The Nuggets are the No. 8 seed at the moment, but they hold a tenuous one-game lead over the Suns, so a Phoenix win would flip the script.

Steve Nash and Grant Hill missed the last head-to-head meeting, but with the Suns in the thick of the playoff picture Nash will be in the starting lineup while Hill is still out with a knee injury. As for the Nuggets injury report, I will defer to the lighthearted rundown by Colin Neilson of Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs:

Denver: Danilo Gallinari (fractured left thumb) is out. Wilson Chandler (strained groin) is day-to-day. Corey Brewer (broken jumper), Timofey Mozgov (broken confidence),"Anre" Miller (broken defense) and JaVale McGee (broken brain) are all probable. Rudy Fernandez (fired into sun via cannon) is out.

Game time: 7:00 p.m. MT; Friday, April 6, 2012

Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

TV: Altitude

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Nuggets Vs. Hornets Recap: Nuggets Fall 94-92

A three-pointer from Al Harrington with ten seconds left to tie Wednesday night's game at 92 completed a ten-point Denver Nuggets comeback, but the euphoria was short lived. New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon was fouled by Arron Aflalo with two seconds left, and after he sunk both attempts, the Nuggets were unable to get a shot off in their final possession, allowing the Hornets to secure a 94-92 victory.

The loss to the lowly Hornets should be a disconcerting one for a team that is nowhere close to guaranteeing itself a spot in the 2012 NBA playoffs. The Nuggets once again let themselves down on the defensive end, allowing the Hornets to shoot 52% from the field including 50% from the three point range. The Nuggets also were outworked on the glass, relinquishing 41 rebounds while only hauling in 32 themselves. Hornets center Chris Kaman scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds while also blocking five shots.

The Nuggets are off tomorrow night as they return home to face the Phoenix Suns.

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Nuggets Vs. Hornets Score Update: Hornets Pull Away In Third

The Denver Nuggets are in the thick of the Western Conference's playoff race, but a small blow to their chances at making the postseason would be delivered by the New Orleans Hornets if they can hang onto their 75-67 lead after three quarters.

The Nuggets' defense fell apart in the third, giving up 30 points to the Hornets and allowing their shooting percentage to skyrocket to 57% on the game. Trevor Ariza (14 points), Chris Kaman (12 points) and Eric Gordon (11 points) are all in double digits for New Orleans, whereas the Nuggets have Ty Lawson with 20 points and no one else above eight points.

Denver is also 4-15 from the three point line, good for 26%, and their long range shooting might tell the difference in the fourth quarter.

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Nuggets Vs. Hornets Score Update: Nuggets Lead By 1 At Half

The New Orleans Hornets have played the Denver Nuggets tight this season, and the first half of Wednesday night has been no different. The Nuggets lead the lowly Hornets only by the score of 46-45 going into the locker room, with the frontline keeping the Hornets in the game by working the Nuggets on the glass as well as getting to the free throw line.

New Orleans outrebounded Denver by nine in the first half, and were also able to stay in the game thanks to a marked free throw advantage, most of which can be attributed to their big men. Carl Landry and Chris Kaman had a combined 11 boards in the first and made five of seven shots from the line.

The Nuggets were led by point guard Ty Lawson, who finished the half with 12 points and three rebounds. As for Denver's big men, Kousta Koufos pitched in with seven points and five rebounds, but JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried only combined for three rebounds.

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Nuggets Vs. Hornets Score Update: Denver, New Orleans Tied After One Period

The Denver Nuggets trailed big early but a run later in the quarter has them trailing 20-18 against the New Orleans Hornets after one quarter on Wednesday. The Hornets led 18-7 with just a few minutes left in the period, but the Nuggets went on a 11-0 run before Carl Landry hit a buzzer-beater to put New Orleans up two.

Denver struggled offensively in the first quarter, shooting just 33 percent from the field. The Hornets shot much better, hitting 47 percent of their shots, but they also turned the ball over a brutal seven times. Those turnovers have helped to offset the large advantages that New Orleans has had in shooting and rebounding.

Kosta Koufos leads the Nuggets with five points off the bench and Ty Lawson has added four points. Trevor Ariza leads New Orleans with six points, plus Greivis Vasquez has four points and four assists. Chris Kaman has been big on the boards with six rebounds.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage, head over toNuggets blog Denver Stiffs. And for updates from around the league, check out SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Nuggets Vs. Hornets Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Denver Nuggets remain on the road when they take on the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.

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