DEN­VER’S WIN­NING GAME PLAN: “JUST MAKE THE SIM­PLE PLAY”

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Twelve days ago, the Nuggets hit what could be con­sid­ered the deep­est val­ley in an up-and­down start to their season.

The 112-92 loss to the lowly Mav­er­icks in Dal­las on Dec. 12 was the sixth in eight games and dropped the Nuggets seven games be­low .500. Since, the Nuggets had won three con­sec­u­tive home games en­ter­ing Fri­day night’s game against the At­lanta Hawks, and the turn­around that has ex­isted in that lim­ited win­dow has come as a re­sult of Den­ver go­ing back to the draw­ing board.

“Mak­ing the sim­ple play was re­ally some­thing we preached af­ter that loss in Dal­las,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We tried to force feed and play in tight spa­ces in that game. We (com­mit­ted) 16 turnovers for 27 points that led to that loss. We came home and said, ‘Let’s un­der­stand who we’re play­ing, how we’re be­ing guarded, what’s avail­able and just make the sim­ple play.’ ”

The in­creased pro­duc­tion when it comes to ball se­cu­rity has started, as it often does, at point guard. Dur­ing the re­cent three home wins over the Port­land

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