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Afflalo Re-signs: Nuggets Roll in Preseason



On Monday, the Denver Nuggets added their final player to their roster, re-signing free agent Aaron Afflalo to a five year deal. Afflalo will provide solid defense, leadership, and good shooting from three point range for the Nuggets after having his best season last year averaging 12 points. Afflalo and Nene were the two big pieces that General Manager Masai Ujiri wanted to resign for the Nuggets in the offseason after the lockout.

Afflalo only participated in the final preseason game at Phoenix Thursday, playing 17 minutes and scoring four points. Afflalo was not needed, though, as the Nuggets rolled in their second preseason game against the Suns, winning 110-85

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Danilo Gallinari led all scorers in the game, scoring 23 points for the Nuggets. Corey Brewer provided a spark of the bench for Denver, scoring 20 points. Denver as a whole shot 42 percent from the field, and in both games eclipsed 110 points.

Denver also took the opportunity to rest starter Ty Lawson, whose 21 points led all scorers in Denver's first preseason game, as well as Nene, Rudy Fernandez, and Al Harrington to be ready for Denver's season opener next week.

Phoenix was lead by Jared Dudley, scoring 17 points on five of six shooting, including a three for four performance from three point range. Steve Nash struggled in the preseason finale, scoring only five points on two of nine shooting. Phoenix struggled as a team offensively, shooting 36 percent from the field and not finding ways to slow down Denver's up tempo offense.



With the conclusion of Thursday's game, the Nuggets preseason is over. Denver will now be preparing for their season opener, a road trip to Dallas to take on the defending champion Mavericks, who open the season against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day. Denver's home opener will follow the Dallas game with a matchup against division foe Utah Jazz on December 28.


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By: Brandon Boles
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer

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