The Denver Nuggets find themselves tied atop the Northwest division with the Oklahoma City Thunder through the first eight games of the season. By the end of Saturday night, the Nuggets could be atop the division by themselves if they beat the San Antonio Spur and the Thunder lose to the Houston Rockets.
The Nuggets overcame a sluggish start against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night to emerge in the fourth quarter with a renewed spirit. The game turned into a 96-88 victory for the Nuggets, creating a four-game winning streak. Danilo Gallinari dropped 23 points in the victory. The Nuggets, though, do need to pick up the three-point scoring. They've been missing on so many, going 5-of-21 in this game.
The Spurs, meanwhile, enter the game on a two-game winning streak, but they do not have guard Manu Ginobili. He broke his hand earlier in the week and will miss up to six weeks. James Anderson started the first game Ginobili was out before Gary Neal made his way back to the league and took that spot. Anderson had five points in his start while Neal put in 12.
Game time/date: 6:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012
Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Tx.
San Antonio: Fox Sports Southwest
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