The Brooklyn Nets continue to thrive without star point guard Kyrie Irving and look to follow up a perfect road trip with a home win when they host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Nets improved to 8-3 in the 11 games missed by Irving (shoulder), who last played in a 101-93 loss at Denver on Nov. 14, with a 111-104 victory at Charlotte on Friday.
Joe Harris scored 22 points while making 6-of-8 3-pointers as Brooklyn capped a 2-0 trip and won for the fifth time in its last six road games. "A lot of guys were knocking down shots and shooting is kind of one of the things where it's contagious," Harris told reporters after his team hit 15-of-38 from long range. "You know, once guys start seeing it go down, everybody else starts to feel that and we had a lot of confidence early shooting from 3." The Nuggets had a very different experience Friday night by going 5-for-30 from beyond the arc in a 108-95 loss at Boston. Nikola Jokic scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in defeat as Denver fell to 1-3 since a recent six-game winning streak.
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ABOUT THE NUGGETS (14-6): Star guard Jamal Murray was one of a handful of players other than Jokic to struggle at Boston, finishing 5-of-14 from the floor and scoring 10 points, but he is confident in better days ahead. "We're not playing well at all. We're playing really bad, and we are second in the West," Murray told reporters, although his team actually slipped to third in the West with the loss. "So imagine when we start playing well." Will Barton, who entered the game averaging 14.9 points, was held to seven while Paul Millsap (13.7) had just five.
ABOUT THE NETS (12-10): Harris led six players in double figures at Charlotte and two of them -- center DeAndre Jordan and guard David Nwaba -- were part of a group of reserves that clamped down on the defensive end heading down the stretch. "Just that second unit I thought was fantastic," coach Kenny Atkinson told the media after his crew held the Hornets to 20 fourth-quarter points. "It started with Shump (Iman Shumpert) and then David Nwaba, I thought it was really good, and then DeAndre Jordan was incredible tonight. They really picked it up and got our energy going." Jordan scored 16 points on 6-of-7 from the floor and grabbed 13 rebounds in 26 minutes for his first double-double since Nov. 12.
1. Jokic and Millsap scored 18 points apiece and the Nuggets held the Nets to 32 second-half points in the first meeting.
2. Atkinson said prior to Friday's game that there was no update on Irving, who has not been cleared for contact.
3. Barton is 2-for-18 from 3-point range in the team's three losses during its 1-3 swoon, and he went 4-for-4 in the one victory.
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- FingerQues Wed | questionable
Jordan suffered a dislocated right middle finger, and it is uncertain if he will make a return Wednesday versus the Pistons.
- PersonalQues Wed | questionable
Irving sat out the last game due to a personal matter. His status against the Pistons on Wednesday has yet to be announced.
- ShoulderProb Sat | probable
Claxton was held out of the previous game due to a left shoulder contusion, but it is likely that he will play Saturday against the Pistons.
- HamstringProb Thurs | probable
Irving was held out of the previous game due to right hamstring tightness, but it is not expected to impede his status for Thursday's tilt versus the Lakers.
- HamstringProb Thurs | probable
Chandler was absent from the lineup during the last game with tightness in his left hamstring, but he is likely to take the court Thursday against the Lakers.
- KneeProb Mon | probable
Temple missed his third straight game with a right knee contusion, but he is expected to be ready to return against the 76ers on Monday.
- BackProb Mon | probable
Harris missed the last game with a sore lower back, but he is expected to face the 76ers on Monday.
- UndisclosedQues Mon | questionable
Kurucs left the last game to be evaluated for an undisclosed injury, and it is unclear if he will be active Monday against the 76ers.
- FootOut indefinitely | out
Bol is recovering from left foot surgery, and it is undetermined when he will make his season debut.
- FootLate Feb | out
Plumlee has a cuboid injury in his right foot and will likely require four to six weeks to heal.
- GroinProb Fri | probable
Harris has missed the past five games with a right adductor strain, but it is likely that he will return to the court Friday against the Pelicans.
- BackQues Fri | questionable
Porter Jr. sat out the previous game with back tightness, and it remains to be seen if he will play against the Pelicans on Friday.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Millsap is out of commission with a left knee contusion, and the severity of the ailment is unknown.
- AnkleOut indefinitely | out
Murray is sidelined with a left ankle sprain, and he is expected to miss several games.
- AnkleQues Wed | questionable
Plumlee left the last game with a right ankle sprain, and it remains to be seen if he will play against the Rockets on Wednesday.
- BackProb Wed | probable
Murray has back pain, but he is expected to take the court versus the Hornets on Wednesday.