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           === Wounded Nets welcome streaking Nuggets to Brooklyn ===
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Denver Nuggets  have put  their 0-3  start to  the
 season in the rear view mirror and are in the fast lane to success.
 Since  dropping their first  three games out of the gate, the Nuggets are 10-3
 and  riding a  six-game winning streak. They opened a six-game eastern journey
 with  Sunday's  112-98 victory at  Toronto and were  led by Nate Robinson's 23
 points off the bench. Reserves Timofey Mozgov and Darrell Arthur scored 16 and
 14 points, respectively, and Mozgov brought down 15 rebounds.
 "Well  it's been huge,"  Denver coach Brian Shaw said of his bench. "One thing
 about  our team is that we don't have a superstar and with the exception of Ty
 Lawson,  we  never know one night  to the next  what we're gonna get from each
 individual player."
 The  Nuggets  had a  72-16 advantage  in bench points,  while Lawson scored 16
 points  and top  forward Kenneth Faried added  12 and 12 rebounds in a winning
 effort. Denver has won three in a row on the road, is 4-4 outside of the Rocky
 Mountains  and will  also visit Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington
 in its trip through the east.
 Denver sank 10-of-23 from beyond the arc and has made eight-or-more 3-pointers
 in  eight  straight games to  extend the  longest streak in franchise history.
 Robinson finished 5-of-8 from downtown against the Raptors and hit consecutive
 3-pointers  in  the fourth quarter to  give the Nuggets a comfortable lead. He
 has scored at least 10 points in seven straight games.
 The  Nuggets are averaging 104.9 points per game, but are allowing almost that
 many on defense (102.6).
 Brooklyn will hobble into Tuesday's home test with Denver and ended a two-game
 slide  the last  time out in Saturday's 97-88 victory at Memphis. Brook Lopez,
 in  his second game  since returning from an ankle injury, scored 12 of his 20
 points in the fourth quarter and added nine rebounds.
 Joe  Johnson and  Andray Blatche finished with 26 and 21 points, respectively,
 for the Nets, who made 9-of-18 3-pointers and shot 46.6 percent. A 16-4 run in
 the fourth quarter put the Grizzlies away for good.
 "I  just  wanted to come out  and be aggressive on  both ends of the floor and
 bring  that energy and effort that coach said we didn't have last night," said
 Johnson,  who made 9-of-15 shots and is averaging 20.8 points in his last five
 The  Nets,  who rebounded from a  19-point loss against the Rockets on Friday,
 are  still without forward Andrei Kirilenko (back), point guard Deron Williams
 (ankle)  and guard  Jason Terry (knee). Tyshawn Taylor made his first start of
 the  season against  the Grizzlies in place  of Williams and will have a tough
 task matching up with Lawson.
 Paul Pierce did not play at Memphis and will miss two to four weeks because of
 a fractured finger on his right hand. Pierce was hurt during the first half at
 Houston  and  tests revealed a non-displaced  fracture of the middle finger on
 the  right hand. He  is averaging 12.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in
 15 games.
 Brooklyn  will also  host  New York  on  its quick  homestand,  has lost  four
 straight as the host and owns a 2-4 mark at Barclays Center.
 The  Nets and Nuggets will play twice this season and are scheduled to meet at
 the  Pepsi Center on  Feb. 27. They split a pair of matchups a season ago, but
 Denver has won six of eight in the series.
 Denver, though, has lost nine of 12 and 17 of its last 21 at the Nets.
 12/03 10:26:58 ET