Nuggets choke away big leads to lose to Pacers in overtime

INDIANAPOLIS — The Denver Nuggets put the ball in Will Barton’s hands with the game tied and time ticking down in regulation, hoping the crafty scorer would exploit his matchup against Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic. Nuggets coach Michael Malone expected Barton to drive hard to the basket either to finish at the rim or perhaps draw a foul. Instead, Barton pulled up for a 19-foot step-back jumper that rimmed out, sending

The Morning After: 8 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ overtime loss at Indiana Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS — The Denver Nuggets surrendered a 19-point first-half lead and then collapsed late against the Indiana Pacers in a 126-116 overtime defeat to fall to 1-3 on this six-game road trip. Here are eight takeaways from the victory: 1. Subtle shots? Nuggets coach Michael’s Malone’s overall tone during his postgame remarks was calm, applauding his shorthanded team’s effort despite faltering late. But he threw a couple (unprompted) subtle jabs

Denver Nuggets briefs: Jamal Murray’s calf injury calls Monte Morris up from G League

Jamal Murray was a late addition to the Denver Nuggets’ Sunday injury report with right calf tightness that coach Michael Malone said limited Murray to seven second-half minutes in Friday’s win at Orlando. Murray, who has never missed a game in his NBA career and played the bulk of his rookie season with two sports hernias, started Sunday’s contest while wearing a sleeve on his right leg. But Malone said

Denver Nuggets briefs: Malik Beasley carving out rotation minutes

INDIANAPOLIS — Minutes after the Denver Nuggets’ win in Orlando on Friday night, Malik Beasley put both feet in an ice chest at his locker and strapped bags of ice to his thighs, knees and shins. Beasley needed the extra recovery time after posting season-highs in minutes (29) and points (12) and tying a season-high with three assists. He was Denver’s first player off the bench against the Magic, the

Everything you need to know about Denver Nuggets at Indiana Pacers

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The Morning After: 7 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ win at Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Fla — The Denver Nuggets got a much-needed road victory Friday, topping the Magic 103-89. Here are seven takeaways from the win. 1. Squashing the skids. Denver is 14-11 through 25 games and enters Saturday in fifth place in the Western Conference playoff standings. A huge key to that start? Even with the immense road struggles, the Nuggets have not lost more than two games in a row at

Denver Nuggets’ bench helps fuel road win at Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Denver Nuggets are still aiming to put together a full 48 minutes in a road game. But they surely will take the win. Denver used a charge by its reserves in the second quarter, a strong third quarter from its starters and a stingy defensive presence throughout to clinch a 103-89 victory over the Magic on Friday night at Amway Center. “It’s just one (road win),”

Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic progresses to individual on-court work, status still day-to-day

ORLANDO, Fla. — With the bulk of his teammates already on the bus back to the team hotel following Friday’s Denver Nuggets shootaround, Nikola Jokic banged in the lane against strength and conditioning coach Felipe Eichenberger, converted shots at the rim and then stepped out for a series of attempts around the 3-point arc. It was the most extensive basketball work Jokic has done since spraining his left ankle last

Everything you need to know about Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic

When: 5 p.m. Friday Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla. TV/Radio: ALT, 950 AM Spotlight on Aaron Gordon: The last time the Denver faced the Magic, Gordon was the NBA’s surprising leader in 3-point field-goal percentage. He has not quite sustained that high clip, but remains one of the league’s most improved players. The big man originally known for his immense athleticism is averaging 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists

Nuggets coach Michael Malone “slept like a baby” after defensive collapse vs. Pelicans

ORLANDO, Fla. — Michael Malone said he “slept like a baby” after frankly assessing the Denver Nuggets’ poor defensive outing in Wednesday’s 123-114 loss at the New Orleans Pelicans. “I got up every two hours and cried,” Malone joked. By Thursday afternoon, though, the mood had turned lighthearted. A half-court shooting competition capped the Nuggets’ practice session at Amway Center ahead of Friday’s matchup against the Magic, with boisterous laughter

The Morning After: 8 takeaways after Denver Nuggets’ loss at New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins went full “Boogie” Wednesday night, and the Denver Nuggets’ road struggles continued in a 123-114 loss at the Pelicans. Here are eight takeaways from the defeat: 1. Not pleased. This was the shortest postgame media availability of the season. Coach Michael Malone’s blunt session was cut off after Altitude’s Ally Sturm’s three questions. Jamal Murray declined interview requests on his way out of the locker

Denver Nuggets move Will Barton back into starting lineup at New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — The Denver Nuggets shifted their short-handed rotation again Wednesday night against the Pelicans, moving Will Barton back into the starting lineup at small forward and starting Wilson Chandler at power forward and Kenneth Faried at center. Denver went small to combat a Pelicans lineup that was missing star big man Anthony Davis. The Nuggets were without Nikola Jokic (sprained ankle) and Paul Millsap (wrist surgery) for the

DeMarcus Cousins powers New Orleans Pelicans to victory over Denver Nuggets

NEW ORLEANS — The Nuggets did not have Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap. The Pelicans did not have Anthony Davis. But in a matchup missing the bulk of its frontcourt star power, New Orleans still had DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins powered his way to 40 points and 22 rebounds, anchoring the Pelicans’ high-scoring attack in a 123-114 victory Wednesday night at Smoothie King Center. The loss was Denver’s second in a

Lunch Special: Are the Nuggets in the market for help at small forward?

The Denver Post’s Gina Mizell on Wednesday answered questions about the Denver Nuggets in a live chat. Here are the highlights: So, last I checked the Nuggets are 4th in the Western Conference standings… is it realistic to think they can finish the season that high and have home court for the first round? Gina: Yep, they’re fourth right now, though that can fluctuate a lot given Denver, Portland, Minnesota, Utah,

The Morning After: 8 takeaways from Denver Nuggets’ win over Los Angeles Lakers

The short-handed Denver Nuggets (13-9) pieced together their lineup, then finished strong in a 115-100 victory Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers before a six-game road trip. Here are eight additional observations from the victory: 1. Plumlee the playmaker. Nuggets coach Michael Malone said prior to the game that he felt comfortable running large chunks of the offense through Plumlee in the high post, much like they would do

Everything you need to know about Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans

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Questions as Denver Nuggets enter season’s second quarter

NEW ORLEANS — The Denver Nuggets, with 23 games under their belts, are well into the second quarter of their 2017-18 season. Here’s what we know so far: The Nuggets (13-10) entered play Tuesday fifth in the Western Conference, although only two of those victories have come against teams that currently occupy a playoff spot (New Orleans and Toronto). Naturally, both of those wins came at home, where Denver has

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic says his sprained ankle is “getting better”; return timetable remains uncertain

DALLAS — Nikola Jokic spent the end of the Nuggets’ shootaround at American Airlines Center lying on his back, with his sprained left ankle wrapped in ice and propped up on the scorer’s table. Jokic, who is Denver’s leader in scoring (15.5 points per game), rebounding (10.6) and assists (4.6), missed his second consecutive game Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks. The big man did not have a timetable on when

The Morning After: 9 takeaways from Denver’ Nuggets loss at Dallas Mavericks

The Denver Nuggets’ road woes continued Monday, falling 122-105 to a Dallas Mavericks team that entered this game with the worst record in the Western Conference. Here are nine additional takeaways from the contest: 1. The opposite of “Home Sweet Home.” The Nuggets aren’t just losing on the road. They’re getting throttled, with seven of the eight defeats coming by double digits. And that shows in the defensive numbers. Denver

Denver Nuggets’ road struggles continue with loss at Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS — Without standout big men Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap, the Nuggets displayed grit and resolve in the second half of home victories against the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. But in its 11th game away from the Pepsi Center, Denver could not overcome a flat start in a 122-105 loss at the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night at American Airlines Center. “We can’t let teams hit