Nuggets stretch winning streak to seven as Nets’ struggles continue

Timofey Mozgov had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in
another superb effort by the Denver bench, and the Nuggets raced by
the Brooklyn Nets 111-87 Tuesday night for their seventh straight
victory.

Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton each added 15 points for the
Nuggets, who got 57 points from the NBA’s second-highest scoring
second unit. That wasn’t quite the 72 they rang up against Toronto
on Sunday, but it was more than enough to dominate the third
quarter against the short-handed Nets.

Denver outscored Brooklyn 31-15 in the period that has given the
Nets season-long problems, putting it away with a 15-0 run midway
through the quarter.

Joe Johnson scored 22 points for the Nets, who still haven’t won
consecutive games this season and fell to 5-13 heading into their
nationally televised first meeting Thursday with the
just-a-little-worse Knicks (3-13).

Andray Blatche added 15 for the Nets, playing without injured
starters Paul Pierce and Deron Williams.

The Nets shook up their coaching staff before the game, with
Jason Kidd reassigning Lawrence Frank to a non-bench role in which
he will write daily reports but won’t be at games or practices.
Kidd said he and his former coach when he played for the Nets had
”different philosophies.”

Kidd hired Frank not long after beating out Brian Shaw for the
job in June. Shaw, a longtime successful NBA assistant, interviewed
just after Kidd and thought he had a good chance at the Nets job.
Instead, he replaced George Karl in Denver and has found much
smoother sailing.

The Nets trailed by just five after Alan Anderson’s layup with
7:35 left in the third quarter before Denver ran off 15 straight,
including consecutive dunks by Faried and Wilson Chandler, and
later back-to-back jumpers by Darrell Arthur to make it 80-60. The
Nets were a dismal 4 for 15 and outrebounded 15-7 in the quarter,
which ended with some of the loudest boos of the season at Barclays
Center.

The Nuggets’ reserves average 45.2 points, trailing only the Los
Angeles Lakers, who won here last week.

Coming home did little to help Brooklyn, which is actually on
its first homestand of the season. The Nets haven’t played
consecutive games at Barclays Center, and Thursday’s game will make
them the last NBA team to have played two in a row in their own
building.

The Nets shot 55 percent in the first quarter, getting 10 points
apiece from Brook Lopez and Johnson in opening a 29-27 lead. The
Nuggets sprinted by them, scoring 31 points in the second to bring
a 58-50 advantage to the locker room.

NOTES: The Nets started a stretch of 9 of 12 games at home. …
The Nuggets made seven 3-pointers, ending their franchise-record
straight with eight or more at eight games. … Nets reserve Andrei
Kirilenko, who has been limited to just four games because of back
spasms, said before the game he has no timetable for his return
after a couple of previous setbacks when he thought he was
close.