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.