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The effects of a shortened rotation finally seemed to catch up with the Nuggets in their 107-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Three days after watching his team shoot 26.2 percent in the second half of a disappointing home loss, Malone told his team in a "State of the Union" address that he plans to scrap the "seven and a half man" rotation he'd been riding and lean on his bench more beginning Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.

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Nikola Jokic stood at his locker following the Denver Nuggets' 104-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 24 dressed, as usual, in a monochromatic sweat suit. A pack of reporters huddled around him roughly 15 minutes after he'd helped topple Memphis with 14 fourth-quarter points. They wanted to talk about Marc Gasol, his big fourth quarter, the crowd.

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The Denver Nuggets had an excellent chance to close 2017 out on a high note against a depleted Philadelphia 76ers squad, but cold shooting doomed them in a 107-102 loss. The Nuggets scored 41 points in the second half as they fall to a 76ers team that was missing Joel Embiid. Here are five observations from the game.

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After scoring 29 points, drilling six three-pointers and snatching eight rebounds on Thursday in Portland, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid did not hop on a plane with his teammates to Denver. Embiid wasn't going to play against the Nuggets on Saturday night as a precautionary measure, so why bother with the extra travel? Instead, Embiid boarded a flight to Phoenix, where he's expected to suit up for the 76ers when they face the Suns on Sunday.

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Denver battled all the way back. It forced overtime and had its chances to win in the extra five-minute period before ultimately falling short. The result didn't go Denver's way, but the want was there. That's significant for a club that struggled to give consistent effort earlier in the season.

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In its last three games, Denver is allowing an average of 83 points. It limited the Trail Blazers to 85 points on Friday, turned around and held the Warriors to 81 points Saturday, then went home and gave up 83 to the Jazz.

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The Denver Nuggets rolled over the Utah Jazz 107-83 on Tuesday at Pepsi Center. Denver limited Utah to 32.1 percent shooting as it earned its third win in a row. Here are five observations from the game. 1. Denver doing it with defense The Nuggets have done a 180 on the defensive end since head coach Michael Malone called them out following…...

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The Denver Nuggets snapped the Golden State Warriors’ 11-game win streak with a 96-81 upset win Saturday. Denver held the NBA’s highest-scoring team to 38.6 percent shooting to complete a 2-0 road trip out West. Here are five observations from the game. 1. Denver is finally defending Nuggets coach Michael Malone went nuclear for what felt like the dozenth time…...

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The Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday. After years of struggles at the Moda Center, Denver finally got a win in its personal house of horrors. Here are five observations from the game. 1. Jokic outduels Nurkic Prior to Friday’s game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone offered an honest assessment about the first two rounds of Jokic vs.…...

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Trey Lyles was about to sit down for dinner in mid-June when his phone started buzzing. At the time, Lyles was back in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the Canadian city of roughly 250,000 where he spent the first six years of his life. “It was my first time home in a long time,” Lyles told BSN Denver. “I was…...

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You knew Murray was feeling good about himself when he dusted off his bow and arrow celebration early in the fourth quarter.

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In the final five minutes of play, the Nuggets shot 1-9 from the field and turned it over twice. They were forced to throw up low-percentage shots as their offense stalled.

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