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                   === Nets bounce back, blow out Nuggets ===
 Denver, CO ( - Paul Pierce netted 18 points and the Brooklyn
 Nets  got  back  on  track  with  a  112-89  drubbing  of  the  ailing  Denver
 Nuggets  on Thursday from Pepsi Center.
 Brooklyn led wire-to-wire in this one after losing by 44 points to Portland on
 Wednesday.  Joe Johnson,  Mason  Plumlee  and Marcus  Thornton  all scored  10
 points, with Shaun Livingston handing out a game-high eight assists.
 "Right  from  the tip, guys  came with the  energy," Brooklyn head coach Jason
 Kidd said. "Defensively we got stops and from there we started making shots."
 All 13 players that took the court for the Nets notched at least three points,
 including recent signee Jason Collins, who made his only field goal.
 Randy  Foye notched  15  points while  Kenneth Faried  and  J.J. Hickson  each
 tallied  14  as Denver's forgettable  month comes to  an end. The Nuggets have
 lost three straight, eight of nine and finished February with a 3-8 mark.
 Denver  struggled  out of the gate  and never really recovered. The hosts shot
 just  3-of-18  from the field in  the first quarter while Brooklyn shot better
 than 50 percent.
 Pierce  hit  a pair  of jumpers  to get  things started.  Later in the period,
 Andray  Blatche's putback  layup sparked an 11-0 Brooklyn surge. When the dust
 settled, the Nets owned a commanding 29-8 lead.
 It was Denver's worst scoring quarter of the season.
 The  margin  reached 31 points on  a Mirza Teletovic triple midway through the
 second.  Denver  managed to cut its  deficit to 23 points, 59-36, at halftime,
 but failed to regroup during the break.
 "I've  never seen anything  like it," Denver head coach Brian Shaw said of his
 team's struggles in the first half. "I think our guys just seemed uptight."
 Brooklyn  quickly  rebuilt a 31-point lead  when Deron Williams hit jumpers on
 the  front and  back end of a  6-0 flurry five minutes into the third. Blatche
 and  Teletovic hit  back-to-back treys later in the period as the lead reached
                                   Game Notes
 Denver  dressed just  nine players for this one. Forwards Darrell Arthur (hip)
 and  Wilson Chandler (knee) were both in street clothes, as was Ty Lawson, who
 missed  his  eighth straight  tilt with  a left rib  fracture ... Aaron Brooks
 scored  13  for the  Nuggets ...  Denver outrebounded  Brooklyn, 45-43 ... The
 Nuggets turned the ball over 24 times.
 02/28 02:55:49 ET