NEW YORK (AP) — A year after missing out on the playoffs by just one game, Denver wouldn't mind snatching the top spot in the Western Conference from defending champion Golden State.
Nuggets beat Wizards 113-108 for fifth straight victory
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 11 assists, and the Denver Nuggets beat the fading Washington Wizards 113-108 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone didn't know how his team would respond to clinching its first playoff berth in six years.
Nuggets top Lakers 115-99 as LeBron passes Jordan
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When LeBron James hit the driving layup that pushed him past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list, even the Denver Nuggets paused to appreciate...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Barton scored 23 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Denver Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday...
Jokic, Beasley lead Nuggets past Heat 103-87
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets halted a three-game skid by turning up their defense and turning things over to their deep guard rotation which will only get deeper when Gary Harris and Isaiah Thomas return to action after the All-Star break.
Millsap out for injury-plagued Nuggets at Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — Denver forward Paul Millsap is missing Monday night's game at Detroit because of right ankle soreness.
Gary Harris is also out with a right adductor strain, and Jamal Murray is out with a left ankle sprain. The Nuggets have won six straight and are tied with Golden State for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Millsap went scoreless in 20:55 in Denver's win at Minnesota on Saturday.
Jokic’s triple-double helps Nuggets beat Knicks 115-108
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic's teammates are definitely hard to impress.
He bounced a rebound off a player as he's falling out of bounds and later delivered a no-look pass that completely froze a defender. He also finished with a triple-double.
"Another day at the office," Gary Harris said. "That's what he does. It's one of those days again."
Nuggets waive veteran guard Nick Young
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have waived veteran guard Nick Young with several players starting to return to health.
The team announced the move Sunday on its Twitter account.
Banged-up Nuggets sign veteran guard Nick Young
DENVER (AP) — The banged-up Denver Nuggets have signed veteran guard Nick Young under the injury hardship relief exception granted by the NBA.
Young spent last season with Golden State, where he appeared in 80 games and averaged 7.3 points. He's also played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia and Washington over his 11-year career. Young was the 16th overall pick by the Wizards in 2007.
Jokic triple-double leads Nuggets past Raptors 106-103
TORONTO (AP) — Nikola Jokic capped a triple-double with three free throws in the final seven seconds, Kyle Lowry missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Denver Nuggets overcame an injury to leading scorer Gary Harris to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-103 on Monday night.
Jokic made it 104-103 with a free throw with 7.0 seconds left, then hit two more foul shots with 5.6 seconds remaining before Lowry bounced a 26-footer off the rim.
Jokic triple-double leads Nuggets past Raptors 106-103
TORONTO (AP) — Nikola Jokic got his second triple-double of the season to help the injury-riddled Denver Nuggets overcome another key absence.
Jokic capped a big night with three free throws in the final seven seconds, Kyle Lowry missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Nuggets survived the loss of leading scorer Gary Harris to beat the Toronto Raptors 106-103 on Monday night.
"To beat the number one team in the East means a lot to us," Jokic said.
Harris has 27 and Nuggets edge Blazers 113-112
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With some three minutes left in a tight game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Paul Millsap gathered the Denver Nuggets for a pep talk.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone set the scene, explaining that Millsap "went out and grabbed the guys in the huddle and said 'We've talked about being a playoff team but if we're really going to be a playoff team this is one we need to get.'"
Murray leads Nuggets past Thunder, 105-98
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Denver Nuggets overcame significant odds to pull out a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
Their second-leading scorer, Gary Harris, was out with a sore left ankle. It was their third game in four nights and the Thunder entered the game tied for the best record in the Western Conference.
Despite all that, Jamal Murray had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to lead the Nuggets to a 105-98 win.
Hernangomez scores 25 to lead Nuggets past Hawks, 138-93
DENVER (AP) — Criticized by their coach for slow, stagnant play, the Denver Nuggets reverted to a fast-break style that carried their offense to new highs.
Juancho Hernangomez scored a season-high 25 points to lead seven Nuggets in double figures and Denver set the tone for a runaway victory with a big first quarter Thursday night, beating the Atlanta Hawks 138-93.
Harris scores 20, Nuggets rally in 4th and beat Jazz 103-88
DENVER (AP) — Mason Plumlee watched as his 3-pointer swished through the net, and the big man started to shimmy down the court as the Denver bench erupted in celebration.
No one expected Plumlee to drain one from beyond the arc, but the Nuggets are doing a lot of things nobody expected this season.
Gary Harris scored 20 points and Malik Beasley and Plumlee hit key 3-pointers in a fourth-quarter flurry, leading Denver to a 103-88 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
Harris sparks Nuggets to 116-111 win over depleted Pelicans
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets were out of sorts at times on offense — until it really mattered. They looked lethargic on defense — until it really, really mattered.
Then, they rose to the occasion. More specifically, Gary Harris did.
Harris scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and came up with a big steal late to help the Nuggets hold off the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 116-111 on Monday night after nearly squandering an 18-point lead.
Hernangomez’s late block helps Nuggets beat Warriors 100-98
DENVER (AP) — Juancho Hernangomez's swooping right-handed swat was precisely the right stuff to help the Denver Nuggets stay unbeaten.
Turns out, this high-scoring Nuggets team can play a little defense, too.
Hernangomez blocked a tying layup from behind just before the buzzer and the Nuggets held off the Golden State Warriors 100-98 on Sunday night.
Bonds forged through team activities tie Nuggets together
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets gave team unity the full-court press over the offseason.
There were voluntary workouts in the Mile High City that were well attended, training sessions in Las Vegas and even an informal camp in Atlanta hosted by Paul Millsap.
All this to foster chemistry on a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2012-13, because as LeBron James noted after his first game with the Los Angeles Lakers, the bonding of a squad is not "instant oatmeal."
Nuggets extend contract of coach Michael Malone
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets agreed a contract extension with coach Michael Malone, who was in the final season of a four-year deal.
The team didn't release details of the extension, but ESPN reported the extension was for two seasons.
With new deal, Jokic sets aim at leading Nuggets to playoffs
DENVER (AP) — Fair warning: Don't challenge Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris to a game of Spikeball.
Wild night in Miami: Heat top Nuggets 149-141 in 2 OTs
MIAMI (AP) — James Johnson scored a career-high 31 points, Kelly Olynyk added 30 off the bench and the Miami Heat set a franchise single-game scoring record by beating the Denver Nuggets 149-141 in double overtime Monday night.
Miami's total was also an NBA season-high and helped the Heat get back to the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Houston and Oklahoma City each scored 148 in games earlier this season.
DENVER (AP) — Although Paul Millsap took his lumps — courtesy of teammate Nikola Jokic's chin — his team only delivered them.
"Long overdue for a blowout like that," Millsap said.
Jokic had 20 points , 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season, Gary Harris added 21 points and the Denver Nuggets cruised to a 130-104 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tucked inside his locker-room cubicle, LeBron James was getting dressed following another tough loss when a familiar voice grabbed his attention.
Richard Jefferson came to visit.
James smiled at his former teammate, and in that moment, things were like they used to be for the Cavaliers.
Gary Harris scores 26 points, Nuggets beat Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets acknowledged their victory wasn't a masterpiece — with 24 turnovers and all — but they were sharp enough to snap a losing streak and hold their playoff spot.
Gary Harris scored 26 points, hitting a key basket with just under a minute left, and Denver weathered a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-102 on Friday night.
"It wasn't pretty, but we got the win, and that's all that matters," Harris said.
Nuggets make 24 3-pointers, beat Bucks 134-123
MILWAUKEE (AP) — There's something about playing in Milwaukee that brings out the best in Nikola Jokic.
Just over a year after recording the first triple-double of his career at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Jokic wrapped up the feat in the first half on the same floor Thursday night.
Besides Jokic's big night, the Denver Nuggets put together one of the best 3-point shooting nights in league history in a 134-123 victory over the Bucks.
Nuggets use big second-half run to beat Suns 123-113
PHOENIX (AP) — Wilson Chandler's big game Saturday brought back memories.
"It felt like a throw-back," Chandler said.
It looked like a throw-down.
Chandler scored 26 points, Will Barton had 25 point and the Denver Nuggets used an extended second-half run to take control in a 123-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Nikola Jokic had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Gary Harris had 13 points for the Nuggets, who have won four of five.
Harris scores 27 as Nuggets beat Hornets 121-104
DENVER (AP) — Michael Malone called Gary Harris one of the best young players in the NBA. The Denver guard then backed up his coach's praise with another strong game.
Harris scored an efficient 27 points, Nikola Jokic had 15 points and 16 rebounds, and the Nuggets beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-104 on Monday night.
Jokic makes go-ahead 3-pointer, Nuggets top Warriors 115-108
DENVER (AP) — The Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris combination worked so well that Denver went back to it two days later.
It wasn't scripted, but it paid off anyway.
Jokic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer off a missed dunk by Harris, and the Nuggets rallied to beat the Golden State Warriors 115-108 on Saturday night.
Blake Griffin had 24 points, ten rebounds, and five assists in his Detroit Pistons debut, a 104-102 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The big man was in action for the first time since he was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Griffin was the first Detroit starter announced before the game and received a big hand from the crowd. Andre Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit.
Harris hits 3 at buzzer, Nuggets beat Thunder 127-124
DENVER (AP) — Gary Harris had just enough time to catch the ball and shoot — and his aim was true.
Harris made the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 25 points to lift the Denver Nuggets to a 127-124 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Aldridge scores 30 as Spurs escape Nuggets, 106-104
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 106-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
The Spurs had four players in double figures, including 18 points each from Kyle Anderson and Pau Gasol.
Every Denver starter scored in double figures with Jamal Murray leading the way with 18 points and Gary Harris adding 17.
Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks 91-89
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets' offense has carried them most of the season, but this time they leaned on their defense — and Nikola Jokic — to hold off the Dallas Mavericks.
Jokic completed his second triple-double with a late jumper to put Denver ahead, and the Nuggets held on for a 91-89 victory Saturday night.
Jokic had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Gary Harris scored 24 to help Denver rally from nine points down in the fourth quarter for its third straight win.
Harris scores 23 points, Nuggets beat Knicks 130-118
DENVER (AP) — Gary Harris gave his bruised right foot a final test during pregame warmups and determined it was good enough to go.
Then he proved it.
Harris scored 23 points, Trey Lyles had 21 and the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 130-118 on Thursday night.
"I felt good right before the game so I went out there and gave it a go," said Harris, who tweaked the foot last Friday against Phoenix and aggravated the injury Monday night against Portland.
Jokic’s big night helps Nuggets hold off Mavericks 105-102
DENVER (AP) — Michael Malone wasn't all that thrilled about the lack of composure in the final quarter. Or all the turnovers. Or the shot selection. Or even the defense.
Barton scores 17 points in Nuggets’ 87-78 win over Grizzlies
DENVER (AP) — Missing their top scorer, the Denver Nuggets leaned on their defense to end a three-game losing streak.
Will Barton scored 17 points, Trey Lyles had 16 and the Nuggets overcame a slow start to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 87-78 on Friday night.
Denver took control of the game by holding Memphis to 13 points in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies finished with a season low in scoring by a Nuggets opponent.
Gary Harris scores 36 points, Nuggets beat Suns 134-111
DENVER (AP) — The Phoenix Suns didn't get to Denver until around 2 p.m. Wednesday because of plane trouble.
They can thank Gary Harris for making their trip even more unbearable.
Harris scored 28 of his 36 points in the first half and the Nuggets used a big third quarter to beat Phoenix 134-111 on Wednesday night.