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DENVER —The Denver Nuggets are one-and-done in the NBA playoffs again. Koa Misi Jersey . Only this ouster has a much
different feel. The young team grew up in a hurry in taking the star-studded Los
Angeles Lakers to the brink before losing a thrilling Game 7 at Staples Center
on Saturday night. They even impressed Kobe Bryant, who said the Nuggets “showed
a lot of heart.” Along with plenty of promise. Ty Lawson established himself as
a bona fide difference-maker, and joining him with flashes of brilliance at
various points were rookie Kenneth Faried, speedster Corey Brewer, forward
Danilo Gallinari, big man JaVale McGee, guard Arron Afflalo and centre
Timofey Mozgov. Al Harrington and Andre Miller provided the veteran leadership,
and they nearly pulled off the upset. “Im proud of the team,” coach George Karl
said. “Ive never been in a locker room after the season where every guy in front
of me Im happy with and Im content with. Were staying with the same crew and
going to work next year.” Well, not entirely. Miller is an unrestricted free
agent this summer and he suggested after the game that if hes going to be a
backup like he was this season for the first time in his stellar career, it
might as well be with a championship contender. The Nuggets arent quite there
yet. But they are showing signs of moving in the right direction after general
manager Masai Ujiris second major makeover in 15 months brought in the raw but
promising McGee—who will be a restricted free agent this summer—in place
of Nene, the oft-injured big Brazilian who never seemed productive or healthy
enough to get the Nuggets over the hump. Denver has advanced past the first
round just once since 2003, but this time theyre building with a young core
thats sure to benefit from the stretched-out series that was knotted up at three
games each and tied 78-all with 6:27 left Saturday night before the Lakers big
men secured the 97-88 win. The Nuggets had trailed by 16 midway through the
third quarter before going on a 27-7 run with a small lineup against the Lakers
star-studded cast of Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, Andrew Bynum and
Steve Blake to take a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter. It didnt
last, and the Lakers advanced to the second-round against Oklahoma City, while
the Nuggets went home as first-round fodder again. “Its tough,” Lawson said. “We
played together and played as a team. Just the way it went down is kind of tough
for us. We fought hard and we showed a lot of energy. Next year were going to be
even better.” The Nuggets jumped out to a fast start this season but were done
in by injuries and had to quickly adjust to McGee after Nene was dealt at the
trade deadline. They finished strong, securing the sixth seed in the Western
Conference. They were smoked twice in L.A. to start the series, then bounced
back to win three of four and put a scare into the Lakers. “Weve been dealing
with all the injuries and the trades, and this team just became so close-knit
and tight,” said Harrington, who played through a bum knee down the stretch and
a broken nose in the playoffs. “I think thats the only reason we had a chance to
get out of this series. We went in expecting to compete, to have a chance to
win, but we really came together in this series and proved we could win. “Its
only going to help us next year to be even better and even tougher.” The Nuggets
have plenty to build on and now the young core has a taste of the intensity
playoff basketball brings. “It was a valiant effort in the second half,” Karl
said. “We had a lot of opportunities. The game was so physical, and I think
their size won over our speed. We gave a great effort. We made them miss enough
shots to win the game, but we just didnt rebound the ball. And when you have two
guys (in Gasol and Bryant) that put their mind to rebounding the ball, theyre
damn good. Im sure there are things we could have done better, but some of it is
theyre damn good, too.” Power won over pace, Karl said, and size beat out speed.
“We need to get stronger. We need to understand how to beat this type of team,”
Karl said. “The numbers will say we were a push in rebounding, but we didnt put
ours back in the basket. They were laying theirs back in the basket.” There was
plenty to celebrate about this team, too. “All year long, I enjoyed their belief
that they could win when no one else believed in them,” Karl said. “From the
(lack of a) closer to not having a star player and all the things written, I
just think theyre pretty mentally tough for a young bunch of guys. “Theyre
enjoyable to be around. Theyre enjoyable to coach. I dont think there are 30 NBA
coaches saying that right now. In that sense, Im blessed with a good situation.
Their heart is bigger than people think it is.”———AP Sports Writer Greg
Beacham contributed from Los Angeles. Bob Griese Jersey . Unable to stop
Dirk Nowitzki all night, and their big lineup too slow to cover the outside
shooting of Peja Stojakovic and Jason Terry down the stretch, the Lakers lost
98-92 to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday to fall in a 3-0 hole in their
second-round series. Larry Csonka Jersey . Eakins assistant
coaches Gord Dineen and Derek King have also signed contract extensions to
continue with the Marlies. Both are completing their third season with the
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six with Edmonton. Ryan Tannehill Elite Jersey . Manager Dusty
Baker plans to use Broxton as a set-up man for closer Aroldis Chapman, who has
dominated while finishing games. Baker said Broxton could be used in save
situations when Chapman has pitched several days in a row. The Reds surged into
the NL Central lead by winning 10 in a row before their 11-5 loss to San Diego
on Monday night. Cameron Wake Womens Jersey . Justin Upton and
Ryan Roberts homered and every Arizona starter had at least one hit as the
Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-4 on Wednesday night, ending the NL
West leaders six-game winning streak. CLEVELAND —Tommy Milone and the entire
Oakland pitching staff have plenty of nothing as far as the Cleveland Indians
are concerned. The Athletics continued to pile up zeroes as Milone and three
relievers shut out Cleveland for the third straight time, beating the Indians
7-0 on Tuesday night. “Just par for the course. Our guys are unbelievable,” said
Oaklands Brandon Moss, who homered and drove in three runs as the Athletics won
their fourth straight to remain tied with Baltimore for the AL wild-card lead.
Moss and Chris Carter homered off Zach McAllister (5-5) as Oakland moved to 5-0
this month against Cleveland with its 10th win in 12 games since dropping eight
of 13. “Another strong pitching performance and you can always live with that,”
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. Milone (11-9) worked six innings.
Jerry Blevins, Pat Neshek and Evan Scribner completed the eight-hitter. Oakland
is 14 games over .500 (71-57) for the first time since finishing 2006 at 93-69
and has the best overall record since the start of July at 34-15. The Indians
have lost 12 of 13, are 5-25 since July 27, and scoreless in 45 of their last 48
innings overall. “A loss is a loss,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “Every
single one of them hurts. We couldnt execute at all.” Oakland has outscored the
Indians 17-0 in their last three meetings. It started with a 7-0 home win Aug.
19 behind Jarrod Parkers eight strong innings. Brett Anderson worked seven
innings in a 3-0 win on Monday. “I think it is more about us being in a good
stretch,” Melvin said. “They have a lot of guys in their lineup that get your
attention.” It is the first time in 23 years that Cleveland has been blanked
three straight times by a team. Oakland did it in June 1989. Clevelands
offensive futility was on full display in the fourth, when the Indians put
runners on second and third with no outs. Milone struck out Casey Kotchman and
Jason Donald. Third baseman Josh Donaldson then made a barehanded scoop and
throw on a slow roller to retire Jason Kipnis at first to keep the shutout
intact. “Tommy did his best work with runners on base that inning,” Melvin said.
Milone agreed. “I didnt have my best stuff, but was able to get through it,”t;
the left-hander said. Anthony Fasano Jersey. “They got those guys
on, I took a deep breath and was able to make some pitches. You do that, it puts
a fire under you.” McAllister struck out the side in the first, then yielded
four singles to fall behind 2-0 in the second. Moss had Oaklands third straight
hit to make it 1-0. Adam Rosales added a two-out RBI single. Moss made it 4-0 in
the third by hitting a 3-2 pitch for his 14th homer. It came one out after
Seth Smith doubled. Carter homered to open the fifth for a 5-0 lead. It was his
12th homer in 46 games since being recalled from the minors. “Theyve done a
tremendous job since coming up at almost the same time,” Milone said of the duo
who often share time at first base. Moss played left field in place of
Coco Crisp, who fouled a ball off his right foot Monday. Carter had an RBI
double in the ninth off reliever Joe Smith, who allowed another run on a wild
pitch. McAllister struck out a career-high eight over only 4 1-3 innings. The
right-hander gave up nine hits and five runs to drop to 1-3 in six starts in
August. He had not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his previous
nine starts at Progressive Field. Indians reliever Esmil Rogers struck out the
side in the eighth and Carlos Santana dropped each third strike, throwing to
first baseman Kotchman for the putout. Santana also had to throw to first to
complete two of McAllisters strikeouts. NOTES: Oakland has won six straight from
Cleveland for the first time since taking eight in a row from the Indians in
1998. ... One day after leaving a start with a sprained ankle, Indians RHP
Roberto Hernandez threw in the outfield. The Indians still are not sure if
Hernandez will miss his next scheduled start. ... X-rays on Crisps foot were
negative and he is day-to-day. ... Melvin moved SS Stephen Drew from second to
Crisps leadoff spot and RF Josh Reddick from sixth to second while
Yoenis Cespedes shifted from left field to centre. ... Oakland RHP A.J. Griffin
(shoulder) allowed one run in five innings in his second rehab start for
Triple-A Sacramento on Monday. ... Indians RF Shin-Soo Choo broke an 0-for-13
slide with a third-inning single. ... Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera singled in the
seventh and is in a 4-for-35 (.114) slump. ’ ’ ’ 

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