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DENVER — Maybe it’s the uniforms.  After three straight losses in their road blues the Denver Nuggets are now 1-0 in their Canary Yellows. “I liked it, I don’t know if I can handle that much yellow all the time, but I liked it,” said Nuggets head coach, George Karl.

There was a lot to like in the Nuggets 109-97 win over the visiting Detroit Pistons.

Andre Iguodala, playing in his first regular season game for the Nuggets, played like the all-star that the Nuggets traded for in the off-season. Iguodala posted a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Forward Kenneth Faried chipped in with an energetic 15 points and 8 rebounds. “My teammates feed off of my energy. They see how hard I play and they have no choice but to follow suit,” said Faried.

Point guard Ty Lawson also tossed in 15 points and is ready to put Denver’s slow start (losses in Philadelphia and Orlando), behind him. “We were still getting to know each other and probably a little nervous those first two games,” admitted Lawson.

The highlight of the evening came courtesy Javale McGee, who drove the lane in the third-quarter and threw down a huge two-handed slam. “They cleared out, so I tried to get a little bit sexy with it,” chuckled McGee.”  The lanky big man finished with 16 points in 18 minutes.

The Nuggets now get the unenviable task of playing the dreaded home road doubleheader. Next up for Denver, the Nuggets are in Houston to play the Rockets on Wednesday night.

Nick’s Nuggets

  • More open seats than expected for a home opener – Election night
  • The Nuggets supplied all fans with yellow towels to wave – What is this, Pittsburgh?
  • Offense was better – Still a lot of work to be done
  • Faried is Dennis Rodman with more muscles, longer hair and better hops
  • Javale McGee has the potential to be a dominating player in this league