Nuggets beat Spurs 117-103 to tie series at 2-2
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Denver coach Mike Malone wanted more passion, fire and emotion. The young Nuggets responded.
Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray added 24 points and...
Jokic has triple-double, Nuggets beat Pelicans 105-99
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The generally unselfish, fundamentally sound and versatile Nikola Jokic did precisely what Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone wanted with the game in the balance.
He imposed his will with a pair of powerful, driving reverse layups that prevented the undermanned but scrappy Pelicans from pulling off a second straight victory over a contending team.
Millsap, Murray lead Nuggets past Timberwolves, 103-101
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paul Millsap left the game to get stitches, then came back in time to help the Denver Nuggets stop the bleeding and get a big win.
Millsap had 25 points, five rebounds and five steals, Jamal Murray added 18 and the Nuggets had a 35-point third quarter in a 103-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Nuggets could lose All-Star Paul Millsap for 3 months
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets say they're exploring options to repair All-Star Paul Millsap's torn ligament in his left wrist amid concerns he'll need surgery that will sideline him until late February.
Coach Mike Malone said at the team's shoot-around Wednesday that the Nuggets were unsure how bad Millsap's injury was and that the 32-year-old forward is "going to talk to some other doctors, get some other opinions before we make a decision on what the best course of action is."
Nuggets beat Kings 114-98 without coach and 2 starters
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Will Barton didn't know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.
"I thought he was joking," Barton said. "I told him we'd hold it down for him."
Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.
Nuggets’ Malone, Jokic tossed after confronting ref on court
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone and star Nikola Jokic have been ejected after Malone stepped onto the court during play to confront referee Rodney Mott about a no-call.
Mott also called a technical foul on Denver guard Jamal Murray moments later in the second quarter after another no-call in the Nuggets' game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets to 124-111 win over Nets
NEW YORK (AP) — After getting a pep talk from his coach, Jamal Murray came through with a big game for the Denver Nuggets.
Murray scored 26 points, Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets 124-111 on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Denver Nuggets aren't done yet, as coach Mike Malone was happy to point out following a victory that tested the limits of his club's offense and required about 30 seconds of good defense.
Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points, Gary Harris added 23 points and a pivotal late steal, and the Nuggets pulled to a half-game out of the Western Conference's final playoff spot with a 134-131 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
Blazers beat Nuggets to take 1-game lead for 8th seed
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic knows what his former team is missing. He illustrated that Tuesday night and got serenaded by his new fans in the process.
Nurkic had a career-high 33 points with 16 rebounds against his ex-teammates, CJ McCollum had 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113 on Tuesday night to take hold of the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
Harden hits layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden isn't necessarily known for his speed. That said, he felt extremely fast on his coast-to-coast drive in the fading seconds Monday night.
"I was running so fast," Harden said. "I felt like I was Usain Bolt."
Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Denver coach Mike Malone was more impressed with the way his team played defense to close out Sacramento than he was beating his former club for the second time in six days.
With the Nuggets maintaining their hold on the final playoff spot in the West, that makes sense.
Jamal Murray scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Denver held on to beat Sacramento 105-92 on Saturday night.
Popovich gets NBA-record 1,128th win as Spurs beat Nuggets
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili knew how important Gregg Popovich is to the San Antonio Spurs even before the coach set the NBA record for most wins with a single franchise.
Popovich earned his 1,128th victory Saturday night, leading the Spurs to a 121-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets. He passed former Utah coach Jerry Sloan for the mark.
Nuggets use free-throw parade to beat Suns again, 123-112
PHOENIX (AP) — The Denver Nuggets set up residence at the free throw line in the third quarter Saturday night and made the most of their time there.
The Nuggets sank 18 of 19 free throws in the period to pull away and beat the Phoenix Suns for the second time in three nights, 123-112.
"Tonight we lived at the line," Denver coach Mike Malone said, "which allowed us to set our defense up, which allowed us to control the tempo and slow them down."
Jokic, Chandler help Nuggets roll past Pacers in London
LONDON (AP) — Italian star Danilo Gallinari and the Denver Nuggets made themselves right at home at O2 Arena.
Gallinari scored 18 points and had what coach Mike Malone said was easily his best game of the season to help Denver beat the Indiana Pacers 140-112 on Thursday night in the NBA's Global Games series.
Nurkic, Barton lead Nuggets past Pelicans, Davis, 107-102
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Denver coach Mike Malone decided the Nuggets should not in fact do whatever it takes to stop Anthony Davis.
Instead, the Nuggets stuck to their usual defensive principles against New Orleans and it paid off — barely.
Jusuf Nurkic scored 23 points, Will Barton added 22, and Denver survived a dominant performance by Davis to defeat the Pelicans 107-102 in both teams' regular season opener Wednesday night.
Cousins hopes new coach, new arena help boost Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In six seasons in the NBA, ultra-talented Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins has already had six coaches and hasn't come close to sniffing a playoff berth.
The struggles have weighed heavily on Cousins, who has feuded with many coaches out of frustration with the years of losing. His happiest times came when he played for one-plus season under defensive-minded coach Mike Malone.
Timberwolves add Ed Pinckney to coaching staff
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have added Ed Pinckney as an assistant coach on Tom Thibodeau's staff.
The Wolves announced the move Sunday. Pinckney coached with Thibodeau for five years in Chicago. He returns to Minnesota, where he was an assistant from 2007-09 under Randy Wittman.