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Nuggets prolong Nets' misery (0-14)


Nuggets prolong Nets' misery (0-14) In Tuesday night?s Nuggets -Nets game, it got scary there for a second - the Nets won the tipoff! But that was about all the fear New Jersey could instill in Denver. The Nets shot 38.9 percent in the first quarter, a harbinger of clanks to come. The Nuggets won at Pepsi Center 101-87, and the winless Nets, wouldn?t you know, ended up shooting 38.9 for the night.

?We started to fall in love with the jump shot,? said Nets coach Lawrence Frank, whose team seldom got to the rim against Denver?s tactical defense. ?I?m disappointed. I?m embarrassed.? It was hard to decipher if Denver?s defense was just that good or if New Jersey?s shooters were just that bad. A case could be made for both. But either way you look at it, the Nuggets (10-4) avoided the potential humiliation of being the first team to actually lose to New Jersey (0-14). Carmelo Anthony said that would have been a ?confidence-breaker.? Melo entered the night as the NBA?s leading scorer (30.5), and unlike his 1-for-11 first half in the previous game against New Jersey, he went 6-for-11 on Tuesday, finishing 10-for-18 and a game-high 27 points. Anthony tied Denver legend Alex English with 20-or- more points for 14 straight games to start a season (meanwhile, Renaldo Balkman?s stuck at zero). But the line of the night came courtesy of Nene. Seventeen points. Nine rebounds. Five steals. ?Me and Nene communicate a lot now,? Anthony said, ?and I?m trying to put in his head that when he?s aggressive and playing like that tonight, it?s hard for us not to follow his lead, to (feed) off his energy and intensity. And he?s doing that. Any time he gets it down there, he?s going up strong now, not even laying the ball up - he?s dunking. So that?s a good sign.? A theme entering this season was Nene?s potential aggressiveness early in games. The past couple of games, he?s gone to the locker room with double digits. And by halftime Tuesday, opposing center Brook Lopez had tallied three fouls in just five minutes of play. ?When you have a tough matchup like Lopez, I like to get Nene the ball early in the game, get that guy a foul, get him less aggressive,? said Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups, who tallied seven assists and just one turnover. ?And then it just makes it easier. The guy?s in foul trouble, and he?s in and out of the game.? Lopez averages 16.4 points and 8.4 rebounds, but Tuesday he tallied just five and three - in 27 minutes. By no means did Denver pitch a perfect game. Billups has struggled shooting in the some of the recent games, and Tuesday, Mr. Big Shot made just one shot and missed seven. And Kenyon Martin was 2-for-10 from the field, also committing a team-high five turnovers . Overall, it was a funky game, as Denver coach George Karl described it, because of all the turnovers and fouls. ?I?m not sure I?m going to watch the film,? he said. But a win is a win, and the Nuggets will take one anyway they can get one, knowing Denver won the division from Portland last season because of a tiebreaker, and the Trail Blazers arguably got better this season. Benjamin Hochman: 303-954-1294 or bhochman@denverpost.com


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