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Denver Nuggets


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@ Hou
L 96-108
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vs. SA
L 91-99
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Hou 16 - 14 Den
1st Qtr 3:16
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vs. LAC
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 PM CT0:00
vs. Ind
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)03:0021:00 ET8:00 PM CT0:00

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(AP) -- Though the Houston Rockets were able to count on James Harden to remain among the Western Conference's top teams with Dwight Howard sidelined, they are more than happy to have their center back after a three-week absence.

Howard looks to lead Houston to its second straight win over the injury-ravaged Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.

The Rockets (18-5) went 8-3 with Howard out due to a strained right knee, averaging a plus-1.8 scoring margin. Harden led the NBA with 29.1 points per game in that span, shooting 46.3 percent after previously recording a 37.2 mark.

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Leaders
Points: Ty Lawson15.6
Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov8.0
Assists: Ty Lawson10.3
FG%: Timofey Mozgov54.7%
Steals: Ty Lawson1.52
Blocks: Timofey Mozgov1.33
Defense (Rank)
Points: 104.6 (27)
Rebounds: 43.5 (21)
Assists: 21.7 (15)
FG%: 45.0% (12)
FT%: 75.7% (16)
3P%: 34.5% (11)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 102.6 (9)
Rebounds: 45.3 (7)
Assists: 21.0 (16)
FG%: 43.4% (24)
FT%: 73.9% (19)
3P%: 32.8% (23)
Standings
Northwest Division
  W L Pct GB
Portland 19 6 .760 --
Oklahoma City 12 13 .480 7.0
Denver 10 14 .417 8.5
Utah 7 19 .269 12.5
Minnesota 5 19 .208 13.5
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Transactions
Date Player Transactions
11/10/2014 Darrell Arthur Reinstate/Suspension
11/9/2014 Darrell Arthur League Suspension One game for shoving Dion Waiters
11/9/2014 J.J. Hickson Reinstate/Suspension
10/28/2014 J.J. Hickson League Suspension Five games for violating drug policy
10/27/2014 Quincy Miller Waived
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Injuries
Date Player Status
12/14/2014 Kenneth Faried Right ankle strain
12/10/2014 Danilo Gallinari Right knee contusion
12/7/2014 Nate Robinson Back contusion
12/7/2014 JaVale McGee Leg strain
12/7/2014 Kenneth Faried Back strain
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