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Jefferson continues to shine as Nuggets lose another close one

Al Jefferson celebrates a call in 104-96 overtime loss against Miami Heat in mid January.
Al Jefferson celebrates a call in 104-96 overtime loss against Miami Heat in mid January.
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This seems to be the beginning of a trend for the Denver Nuggets as they once again come up short in yet another close battle. Bringing the game within five points with 1:28 left to play, the Nuggs had a fighting chance. But as the Nuggs allowed both Charlotte Bobcats stars' Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson to get to the free throw line and make jumpers; the game was put out-of-reach.

It's gotta be hard for the Nuggets to swallow these past two losses, as they were leading by four points the other night against the New Orleans Pelicans with just 40 seconds left to play and managed to let that one slip away as well. However, the Nuggs are not completely to blame for this loss, as Al Jefferson has been having a career month in March thus far, boasting an average of 28 points, 10 rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the field in the last six games. Not to mention his 38-point, 19-rebound effort against the defending NBA champs, the Miami Heat, which most people won't remember because some guy named LeBron James dropped 61 points.

But it seems as though the Nuggets can't consistently produce a collective effort from the entire team, as only one player broke the 20-point mark in last night's loss (Ty Lawson). Now the Nuggets don't necessarily need every starter to drop 20 points a game, but double-digits is a must. And only two Nuggets' starters managed to do that last night.

This is not the way the Nuggs wanted to start off their five game road trip. Hopefully they can take care of business tomorrow night against the Orlando Magic before they face two extremely tough tests against the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks before returning home to face-off with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Nuggs better get it together quick or the end of the season could be a dismal one in the Mile High city.