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Nets Can't Keep Up With Nuggets In High-Scoring Affair

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The Nets played their best offensive game of the season on Wednesday in Denver, but their defense allowed their third straight opponent to shoot 50 percent or better, and they fell to the Nuggets 123-115.

With some hot shooting, the Nets held an early seven-point lead, but the Nuggets took control with a 20-6 run late in the first quarter. They had 68 points at halftime and led by 23 early in the third. They were up 23 again late in the period when Jordan Farmar led the Nets on a 15-0 run to cut the lead down to eight early in the fourth. But the Nuggets answered with a 12-2 run to hold the Nets off.

It's the most points the Nets scored in a game since March 30 of last year when they hit 116 in a loss to the Knicks.

The Nets shot 52 percent from the field and hit a franchise-record 20 3-pointers on 35 attempts, but the Nuggets shot 60 percent from the field, 11-for-18 from 3-point range, and attempted 18 more free throws than the Nets. It was the first time in NBA history that a team made 20 3-pointers in a game and lost.

Farmar hit six of his eight threes and led all scorers with 26 points. Anthony Morrow was among five other Nets in double figures with 19. Deron Williams scored 16 points and dished out 13 assists before suffering a minor sprain of his right ankle and then getting ejected with two straight technical fouls late in the fourth quarter.