The Denver Nuggets struggled defensively in the first half of their game against the New Jersey Nets, trailing 63-50 at halftime. Those 63 points are a season-high for the Nets in a single half of basketball. Travis Outlaw has scored 18 of those points, the most he has had since scoring 21 in a December 3 game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Rookie forward Derrick Favors, who the Nuggets wanted in the proposed Carmelo Anthony deal, score two points and pulled down three boards.
For the Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony leads the team with 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, 9-of-10 from the line. Nene's six points has him as the team's second-highest scorer. As a team, the Nuggets are shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. However, the Nets are shooting an outstanding 62.5 percent from the field and making two-thirds of their three-point shots.