Nuggets Forward Paul Millsap Suffers Broken Toe

Tony Parker drives past Denver Nuggets Malik Beasley during the Hornets win in Charlotte on Friday

Tony Parker drives past Denver Nuggets Malik Beasley during the Hornets win in Charlotte on Friday

The Nuggets still sit atop the Western Conference with a 17-8 record heading into the weekend despite all the depth issues they now face but the loss of Millsap for an extended period of time might bring them back to earth.

The Denver Nuggets suffered a tough break on Friday, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that forward Paul Millsap has a broken toe on his right foot.

The Hawks (5-20) have dropped four straight games since winning back-to-back games.

Atlanta continues to put a lot of responsibility on first-round pick Trae Young, who has been prone to poor shooting spurts and turnovers. He scored 14 points (on 4-of-13 shooting) and had five assists and six turnovers against the Wizards. Fs Taurean Prince (left ankle sprain) and Omari Spellman (right hip) also were out.

John Collins finished with a career-high 30-point haul and a double-double to lift the Atlanta Hawks over the Denver Nuggets.

The 13-year veteran is averaging 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game so far this season, his second with the Nuggets.

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Denver came in the with the best record in the Western Conference, but shot 39 per cent from the field and 23 per cent from 3-point range.

The Nuggets were already down three starters when Jamal Murray got kicked in the shin late in the second quarter while Hawks forward Justin Anderson tried to secure a rebound.

Denver also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Juancho Hernangomez, and Malik Beasley came off the bench to scored 19 points.

Rather than bemoan the injuries, Nuggets coach Michael Malone viewed Saturday's game as an opportunity for others to step up. "If Paul's not able to go on Saturday, that's an opportunity for somebody else. I mean he's a vet, 17 years in the game, so that's his go-to move". We can't worry about it and make excuses. The Nuggets new starting five was clicking early on after Jokic started the game with a nice floater and followed it up with a slick behind the back pass to Lyles for an easy jumper. They won both ends of the previous three, most recently November 23-24 against the Magic and Thunder.

The Hornets bench outscored the Nuggets 59-40, as they got 16 points from Mail Monk and 11 from Frank Kaminsky. Denver won 138-93 on November 15 in one of the worst games Atlanta has played this season.

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