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Nuggets reel from Nets spanking

THE New Jersey Nets handed the Denver Nuggets their worst loss of the season, crushing the Northwest Division leaders 114-70 on Saturday.

Point guard Devin Harris scored 28 points to lead six Nets in double figures as New Jersey, the third-place team in the Atlantic Division, won its fourth consecutive game.

"We played well all the way around," Harris told reporters. "We had some lapses but for the most part we did a decent job, we got out in transition, which was something that we had been struggling."

Brook Lopez added 15 points and nine rebounds, Ryan Anderson had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Jarvis Hayes scored 14 points.

Teammates Vince Carter and Trenton Hassell also were in double figures. Carter had 12 points and Hassell 11.

Carmelo Anthony, with 15 points, was the only Denver player in double figures.

In other National Basketball Association games, it was: Rockets 107, Timberwolves 90; Clippers 121, Hawks 97; 76ers 94, Heat 84; Grizzlies 78, Raptors 70; Mavericks 115, Bulls 114 (in overtime); and Pistons 126, Bucks 121 (in OT).

In East Rutherford, New Jersey led by five points after the first period, then ripped open the game with a 35-point second quarter for a 20-point lead. The margin grew to 37 points in the third period.

"Sometimes you're one step too slow," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "Tonight we were two steps too slow.

"Offensively we were slow, defensively we were slow. Rebounds, hustle points, all that we were slow on. It's the first time all year we haven't had enough energy to fight back."

Nuggets guard Anthony Carter blamed lack of sleep for the team's sluggishness.

"We didn't get to bed until 5am and got up for breakfast at 11am and guys just didn't have it tonight," he said. "We're going to have some games like this. The Nets had a couple days' rest and they came out and jumped on us quick."

In Houston, the home team rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half to beat Minnesota.

Yao Ming scored 30 points and Rafer Alston added 22 for the Rockets, who beat Minnesota for the sixth straight time. Al Jefferson scored 36 points and matched a career-high with 22 rebounds.


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