Thursday , Mar , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets Team Report – March 24

=== Denver Nuggets Team Report – March 24 ===

(Sports Network) – The surging Denver Nuggets host the reeling Los Angeles
Lakers on Thursday at the Pepsi Center. Los Angeles has won two of three
meetings between these teams this season, with both of its victoriescoming at
home. The Lakers have lost two of their last three at Denver.

Denver has won four straight, 12 of 13 and 13 of its last 15 games to grab the
eighth spot in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are 2 1/2 contests ahead of
ninth place Minnesota and 4 1/2 games in front of the 10th-place Lakers.

The Nuggets continued their recent success on Tuesday with a 127-98 blowout of
the Washington Wizards at the Pepsi Center. DerMarr Johnson scored 20 points
and Eduardo Najera added 16 points in the victory for the Nuggets.

Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin added 14 points apiece for the Nuggets, who
had six players score in double figures and set a season-high in points
scored. Earl Boykins had 11 points and nine assists and Andre Miller had 10
points and seven assists. Miller had five steals and Denver had 15 as a team.

The Nuggets are 19-5 under George Karl and a season-best six games over .500.
Karl dressed up in a throwback jersey for the contest.

Denver outscored the Wizards 58-44 in the paint. The Nuggets shot 56 percent
from the field, compared to just 40 percent for the Wizards. Denver shot just
19-of-34 from the free throw line.

Center Marcus Camby left the game early due to a right ankle injury. Camby is
listed as questionable for this evening’s contest.

Denver, which is in the midst of a seven-game homestand, is 23-10 in its
friendly confines. The Nuggets have won 12 of 13 and 13 of their last 15 home
contests.

Under the guidance of head coach George Karl, the Nuggets have compiled an
impressive 19-5 record. Karl became the team’s general on January 27th when he
replaced interim head coach Michael Cooper.

The Nuggets will host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. It will be the third
and final meeting of the season between the clubs. In the two previous
contests, the Kings defeated Denver on November 14th and January 11th at ARCO
Arena.

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