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New-look Nuggets are starting to turn it around

  • Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller drives past Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller drives past Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller drives past Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller drives past Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson, left, goes up for a basket as Toronto Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson, left, goes up for a basket as Toronto Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson, left, goes up for a basket as Toronto Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson, left, goes up for a basket as Toronto Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross, left, fouls Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross, left, fouls Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross, left, fouls Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross, left, fouls Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov hangs from the hoop after scoring against the Toronto Raptors' during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov hangs from the hoop after scoring against the Toronto Raptors' during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov hangs from the hoop after scoring against the Toronto Raptors' during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov hangs from the hoop after scoring against the Toronto Raptors' during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

  • San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan, center, talks with teammates Tony Parker, left, of France, and Danny Green, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in San Antonio. Houston won 112-106. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

    San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan, center, talks with teammates Tony Parker, left, of France, and Danny Green, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in San Antonio. Houston won 112-106. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

  • Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives past Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker (35) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives past Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker (35) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller drives past Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller drives past Toronto Raptors' Rudy Gay during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson, left, goes up for a basket as Toronto Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson, left, goes up for a basket as Toronto Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross, left, fouls Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross, left, fouls Denver Nuggets' Nate Robinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov hangs from the hoop after scoring against the Toronto Raptors' during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov hangs from the hoop after scoring against the Toronto Raptors' during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
  • San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan, center, talks with teammates Tony Parker, left, of France, and Danny Green, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in San Antonio. Houston won 112-106. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
  • Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) drives past Washington Wizards forward Trevor Booker (35) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Denver Nuggets raised more than a few eyebrows this summer.

Coming off a team-record 57 victories, and another first-round playoff exit, the Nuggets let executive of the year Masai Ujiri leave for a big contract with the Toronto Raptors and also parted ways with coach of the year George Karl.

It was the kind of wholesale change usually associated with the league’s bottom feeders. And with four losses in their first five games, there were some nervous Denver fans.

New coach Brian Shaw has made some adjustments, going back to the more up-and-down style that fit the star-less roster so well last season. Now the Nuggets (10-6) have won six straight and nine of their last 11.

“All the guys are starting to understand their role on the team,” Shaw said. “I have encouraged guys to shoot when they’re open, to run the floor, try to take the first available shot.”

The Nuggets have overcome the loss of JaVale McGee and Danilo Galinari with a bench that is producing at an impressive clip. With Nate Robinson, who was brought in by new general manager Tim Connelly, leading the way, the Nuggets reserves outscored Minnesota’s 47-10 on Wednesday and bludgeoned Toronto’s 72-16 on Sunday.

“We have a tag-team mentality which is, first team wear them down and second team wear them out,” Robinson said. “For us, early in the year a lot of guys on the team, a lot of guys on the bench, weren’t making shots and now we are in our rhythm.”

Denver has a good chance to keep the good times rolling this week with games against Brooklyn, Cleveland, Boston and Philadelphia.

Here are four things to watch for this week:

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• WALL’S ASSISTS: Now that score-first point guard John Wall is getting his teammates involved, the Washington Wizards are starting to win. Wall is averaging 9.2 assists per game over the last nine and the Wizards (8-9) are creeping back to .500. “When we’re healthy, we can compete with anybody,” he said.

• PAINFUL START: Last week was a disastrous one from an injury standpoint. Bulls star Derrick Rose was ruled out for the season with a torn meniscus. New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, off to a good start, broke his left hand on Sunday and Clippers shooter J.J. Redick is out six to eight weeks with a broken right hand and torn ligament in his right elbow, joining a growing list of injured stars. But ...

• KOBE WATCH: Is this the week Kobe Bryant returns from his torn Achilles? The Lakers have the first four days of this week off. Coach Mike D’Antoni said the Lakers will see how he feels after three practices. If all goes well, he could be in uniform at Sacramento on Friday night.

• VIVA MEXICO: On Wednesday, Mexico City will host a regular season game for the first time since 1997. The San Antonio Spurs will play Timberwolves, who are designated the home team. The Spurs have a league-high 10 international players while the Wolves are second in the league with seven.

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