Kenneth Faried was called out for his timid play, dared to be more aggressive and take over games. That challenge came not from his coaches or teammates, but from members of his family.
Gerald Green scored a career-high 36 points, including eight in overtime, and the Phoenix Suns beat Denver 112-107 on Tuesday night to hand the Nuggets their fifth consecutive loss.
Unless the nose-diving Denver Nuggets can turn things around, they’ll miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003, when they got Carmelo Anthony after a 17-65 season.
David West scored 25 points and Roy Hibbert added 14 as the Pacers routed the short-handed Nuggets 119-80 on Monday night.
Alec Burks scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
Evan Turner scored 23 points and Thaddeus Young added 17, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the slumping Denver Nuggets 114-102 on Wednesday night.
Bron James returned from a groin injury to score 26 points on his birthday, and the Miami Heat beat the skidding Denver Nuggets 97-94 Monday night despite losing Dwyane Wade and Norris Cole during the game.
Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans handed the Denver Nuggets their fifth straight loss, 105-89 on Friday night.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 105-93 on Tuesday night.
Nate Robinson serenaded his teammate with a song in the locker room, rapping and rhyming about J.J. Hickson’s big game.