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  • Nuggets open season with win over Pistons

    DENVER — Kenneth Faried scored 22 points and had 17 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets opened the season Wednesday night with an 89-79 win over Detroit, spoiling the debut of Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. Arron Afflalo, in his second tour with Denver after being acquired in an offseason trade with Orlando, had 15 points. Timofey Mozgov added 13...

  • Klee: As Nuggets open season, Jusuf Nurkic deserves an introduction

    DENVER — Jusuf Nurkic is learning, quickly and surely, how it works over here. Taylor Swift is not Balkan music, and "I cannot dance to American music," said the Nuggets' rookie center. The NBA is played at light speed compared to the European division where he last played. "So much fast," as Nurkic put it. One other thing, and this is...

  • Blog: Klee's NBA predictions for 2014-15

    Cleveland won over LeBron James. But will the Cavaliers finally win an NBA championship?  Yes. That, and more, in our NBA predictions for the 2014-15 season: NBA Finals: Spurs vs. Cavaliers Champion: Cavaliers MVP: LeBron James COY: Dave Joerger, Grizzlies ROY: Jabari Parker, Bucks DPOY: Marc Gasol, Grizzlies Most Improved:...

  • Thompson scores 35 points, Warriors beat Nuggets

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson is ready for the regular season. Thompson scored 35 points in nearly 36 minutes to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Denver Nuggets 119-112 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams. "Our offense is going good and tonight is a good indication of what we can do," Thompson said. "After eight...

  • Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers

    LAS VEGAS — Kenneth Faried had 19 and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game Saturday night. Arron Afflalo scored 16 points, Randy Foye had 14 points and five assists, and Danilo Gallinari added 12 points for Denver (2-4). Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Jamal...

  • Warriors beat Nuggets in preseason game

    DES MOINES, Iowa — James Michael McAdoo scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors rallied to beat the Nuggets 104-101 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory. Golden State's Klay Thompson added 18 points in the first NBA exhibition game in Des Moines since 1997. The Nuggets led by 13 heading into the...

  • Suns beat Nuggets; Gallinari has 17 in return

    PHOENIX — Goran Dragic and Markieff Morris each scored 12 points to lead the Phoenix Suns past the Denver Nuggets, 97-89 in preseason action Friday night. Gerald Green added 10 points, and Ty Warren and Anthony Tolliver each had 10 for the Suns. Danilo Gallinari scored 17 points off the bench for the Nuggets in his first appearance since...

  • Mozgov scores 20 in Denver's win over Thunder

    DENVER — Timofey Mozgov scored 20 points, Ty Lawson had 12 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-101 in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. Mozgov made all eight of his shots from the field. He added eight rebounds and three blocks, including a first-quarter stuff of Kevin Durant that momentarily left the Thunder star...

  • AP source: Nuggets, Faried agree to extension

    DENVER — A person familiar with the negotiations says Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried has agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the team has yet to announce the deal. Denver had until Oct. 31 to negotiate a new contract for...

  • Blog: Underrated former Nugget Carmelo Anthony speaks the truth

    It happens once in a while, a refreshing brush with honesty from a pro athlete, a man or woman who simply speaks the truth. So thanks, Carmelo Anthony. And you are 100-percent correct. "I think I'm the most underrated superstar that's out there, but that doesn't matter to me," Anthony said in an interview with ESPN's Chris Broussard in this...

  • Faried even more confident after gold-medal summer

    DENVER — Coach K believed in him, enough to even ask him to take charge of the team. All Stars listened to him, too, especially at crunch time. So, yeah, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is soaring with confidence heading into the season. He's ready to take his high-flying game to even new heights and become more of a leader after...

  • KLEE: Year 2 of Brian Shaw era must be smoother for Nuggets

    DENVER — With each slam dunk Kenneth Faried threw down as the unofficial MVP of Team USA's star-studded roster, I didn't hear the Manimal roar. I heard another sound, one that already has the attention of the Denver Nuggets. Cha-ching. "He's in line for a substantial raise," general manager Tim Connelly acknowledged. Monday at Pepsi...

  • Nuggets' Hickson suspended 5 games by NBA

    NEW YORK — Denver Nuggets center/forward J.J. Hickson was suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the terms of the anti-drug program. Hickson averaged 11.8 rebounds and 9.2 rebounds in 69 games last season, his first with Denver. He has played six seasons in the NBA with Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland and...

  • Billups tells Yahoo Sports he's retiring

    DETROIT — Chauncey Billups tells Yahoo Sports he is retiring after 17 NBA seasons. The 2004 NBA Finals MVP says his desire is still strong, but he can't ignore the fact that he's had a hard time staying healthy. The 37-year-old Billups has played only 61 games over the last three seasons. Billups tells Yahoo on...

  • Nuggets schedule: LeBron visits Colorado early in season

    NEW YORK — LeBron James will play his first game since rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Oct. 30 against New York, then return to Miami for the first time on Christmas. The NBA regular season will open Oct. 28, with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the Dallas Mavericks in one of the three games that night. The league...

  • Nuggets sign G Erick Green

    DENVER — The Denver Nuggets signed guard Erick Green to a deal on Friday. Green was the 46th overall pick in the 2013 draft and spent last season playing for Montepaschi Siena of the Italian League, where he averaged 11.3 points and 1.2 assists. The 6-foot-4 Green led the NCAA in scoring his senior season at Virginia Tech. On Thursday,...

  • Nuggets banking on big year from Arron Afflalo

    DENVER - Josh Kroenke's slip of the tongue even made Arron Afflalo smirk. The Denver Nuggets president explained Monday how he has closely "Afflalowed" the shooting guard's two seasons in Orlando, before reacquiring him in a draft-day deal last week. "Afflalowed? I have followed," Kroenke quickly modified to laughter, "Arron's career since...

  • Nuggets are deeper, younger and more versatile

    DENVER — The Nuggets are deeper and more versatile after a busy draft day. They are also a lot younger after picking up Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris. Denver acquired Nurkic and Harris and a second-round pick for Doug McDermott, their pick at No. 11, and Anthony Randolph in a draft-night deal with Chicago. The goal? Improve defense and...

  • Klee: As expected, Denver Nuggets go international route in NBA draft

    DENVER — In broken English and an endearing accent, Jusuf Nurkic was the Bosnian prince of brevity after the Nuggets picked him in the NBA draft. "I come to NBA," he said simply. Please do. And please be a baller. Because if Nurkic, a 19-year-old center from a faraway land, turns into a real find, the Nuggets will earn a passing grade in...

  • Nuggets get Nurkic, Harris after deal with Bulls

    DENVER — The Denver Nuggets parlayed a draft-day trade with Chicago into a Bosnian big man that very few knew about until Thursday and a shooting guard they long coveted. After taking Creighton forward Doug McDermott at No. 11, Denver quickly traded his drafts rights — along with forward Anthony Randolph — to the Bulls for two first-round...

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