DENVER -- Two days after one of the worst performances of his young career, rookie Kenneth Faried put together his best one yet -- and both came against the same team.
He rebounded from a one-point, four-rebound showing in Denver's 112-97 loss at Golden State on Saturday in which his ragged defense also was factor in a 17-point, nine-rebound night by the Warriors' David Lee. Forty-eight hours later, Lee was limited to 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, shut down largely by Faried.
"I had one (point) and four (rebounds) last game, and that's not my game at all," Faried said. "I'm a very energetic guy. I rebound the ball. I'm athletic and I can pretty much do things for this team to help them win. Last time I played them, I didn't do any of that, so tonight I just wanted to make it my mission to stop David Lee and help my team win."
DENVER -- Andre Miller showed his young Denver teammates what it takes to win in April. He hopes the lesson takes the Nuggets deep into the playoffs.
Al Harrington had 23 points to help the Nuggets take sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of Houston and 1 1/2 in front of Utah. The Suns dropped to 10th place, a half-game behind the Jazz.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Denver's 99-88 win over the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcatswas far from his team's best effort of the season, but Nuggets coach George Karl isn't complaining.
Not one bit.
"This was a beautiful game," Karl said. "I'm happy. We had turnovers and missed open 3-pointers and still played hard enough defensively to get a win. It wasn't pretty, but it sure was special."
The Nuggets were 2 of 17 on 3-pointers and turned the ball over 25 times, but still got the win to remain in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference. The Nuggets entered in a three-way tie for seventh place in the standings with Houston and Utah. The Rockets beat Memphis, while the Jazz played late Friday night.