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Brooks lifts Nuggs past Pistons in 3rd straight win

Aaron Brooks carries the ball up the court in 112-89 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in late February.
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Now in most cases, the Denver Nuggets would fall apart in the absence of their star point guard Ty Lawson. But in Wednesday night's win over the Detroit Pistons, Aaron Brooks heroically took the place of the fallen star, leading his Nuggs past their opponents with a career-high 17 assists.

Going 3-10 without Lawson this season due to a broken left rib, the Nuggs seemed inevitably doomed. However, their knight in shining armor came riding in the form of Aaron Brooks, dishing out dimes and splashing j's in defender's faces. Brooks led all scorers with his 27 points. He has continually produced for the Nuggs since joining them just 15 games ago in a trade from the Houston Rockets. However, Brooks never played an entire game with the team until last night's performance. And man did he perform.

But I'm sure as Brooks will tell you, he did not do it alone. In what seems to becoming a trend for the Nuggs as of late is their sharing of the ball. As seven Nuggets players broke into double digits in Wednesday night's victory. It was this collective effort that helped lift the Nuggs over the sputtering Pistons, who are 2-8 in their last ten games.

The Nuggs are playing some of the basketball of the entire season. However, is it too little, too late for the mile-high city? Barring an incomprehensible collapse of the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks, the Nuggs will still miss the playoffs. As they sit eight and 1/2 games back from the Mavs.

But the Nuggs can still use this momentum to carry them through the final 14 games of the season. Because a. They have absolutely nothing to lose; b. They are sure to pick up a college superstar in the 2014 NBA Draft; c. They can finally finish the season with some pride.

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