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DENVER - With key players returning from injury and still rounding into form, the Denver Nuggets leaned on Kenneth Faried. Cheap Air Max 95 Womens .Faried had 22 points and 17 rebounds and the Nuggets opened the season with an 89-79 victory over Detroit, spoiling Stan Van Gundys first game at the Pistons coach on Wednesday night.He was huge for us right from the beginning of the game, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. Aggressive, getting good position down low. Got their bigs in foul trouble. Once again its a carryover from the way he played at the end of last season to the summer with the U.S. team, throughout training camp.And it helped Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson, all coming off major injuries that cost them significant time last season, ease back into action.Were healthy but the guys coming back from injuries still need time to get back into the rhythm of the game, said Timofey Mozgov, who had in 13 points and 11 rebounds. Theyre going to be better and we all will get better.Arron Afflalo, in his second tour with Denver after being acquired in an off-season trade with Orlando, had 15 points. Gallinari had seven points on 1-of-8 shooting in limited action in his first game since suffering an ACL injury in April 2013.Physically, I feel good. There is no pain. Im not scared. Im ready to go, Gallinari said. I was a little rusty, but we all knew it. First game, you want to get the W, and go on to the next one.Josh Smith, Detroits leading scorer last season, had 25 points to lead the Pistons. D.J. Augustin added 15 points.The Pistons managed only one basket in the last three minutes.We didnt get good shots, Van Gundy sad. I thought most of the shots we had, we took a lot of difficult shots. We were trying to do everything on one pass. Its going to be tough. I thought we drove the ball pretty hard, drew help and then tried to force shots. We did not do a good job moving the ball.Brandon Jennings did not play in the fourth quarter and was held to four points.You go with the guys you think give you the best chance to win, said Van Gundy, opting to stick with Augustin in the late going.Said Jennings: A little surprising. It never happened before in my career. It is what it is. I just have to push through it. I thought D.J. did a good job.Afflalo hit consecutive baskets, including a 3-pointer, as part of a 9-0 third-quarter burst that put Denver in front 64-59. But the Pistons responded with a layup by Jonas Jerebko and a pair of free throws by Augustin and trailed 65-63 going into the fourth quarter.Detroit went in front 68-67 on a hook shot by Jerebko before Randy Foye and Alonzo Gee each hit 3-pointers on successive Denver possessions as the Nuggets regained the lead midway through the final period.The Pistons pulled to within 79-77 on Augustins 5-foot floater. Denver, though, pulled away with eight straight points in the closing minutes, including a tip-in by Mozgov. Lawson connected on a 17-foot step-back jumper with 6.5 seconds left in the second quarter, allowing the Nuggets to go in front 42-40 at halftime.Neither team led by more than six points in the first half, and each squad scored 19 points in the second quarter.TIP-INSPistons: Rookie guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who missed his final 18 games at Colorado last season because of a knee injury before being drafted by the Pistons, had an assist in limited action in his return to Colorado. ... Greg Monroe served the first of a two-game suspension stemming from an arrest last February on a DUI allegation.Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari, Nate Robinson and JaVale McGee, all coming off major injuries, will be eased back into action. Coach Brian Shaw said before the game that theyll be limited to about 20 minutes of playing time early on in the season. ... J.J. Hickson served the first of a five-game suspension related to a violation of the NBAs anti-drug program.PIVOTAL MOMENTWith Denver trailing 68-67, Randy Foye and Alonzo Gee hit successive 3-pointers to give the Nuggets a 73-68 lead with 8:49 left to play. Denver never trailed the rest of the way.STAR POWERChauncey Billups, who led the Pistons to a title and also starred for the Nuggets during a standout 17-year NBA career before retiring in the off-season, watched the game from a courtside seat.UP NEXTThe Nuggets head to Oklahoma City, where they went 0-2 last season, to play the Thunder on Saturday night.The Pistons continue their opening trip Thursday night at Minnesota. Cheap Air Max 90 Wholesale .com) - Stephen Currys jumper with 3. Fake Air Max 200 . Catch the game on TSN starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. Tampa Bay currently holds the last of the Atlantics three automatic bids to the playoffs, but the Maple Leafs are just one point behind. . Johnny Manziel, college footballs most entertaining player with the reputation for pulling off magical plays, was selected with the No.RENTON, Wash. -- With all the setbacks Percy Harvin has faced in his first season with Seattle, it would be easy to dwell on the problems. Harvin is trying not to linger on the past, whether it was his hip surgery and recovery that kept him out of 15 of 16 regular-season games or the concussion that left him a spectator for the NFC championship game. Not with the Seahawks headed for a Super Bowl matchup against Denver. "Its been a roller coaster, but its all been a blessing. I wouldnt take anything back that happened this year. Its made me a stronger person," Harvin said on Thursday. "Its definitely been frustrating for a lot of people, not only myself but my teammates. Doug (Baldwin), some of the guys playing my position, not knowing whether Im going to be at practice. So it was definitely frustrating but its all over now. We get to play for the Super Bowl. Thats all in the past." Harvin returned to practice Wednesday after passing the leagues concussion protocol following the concussion he suffered in the NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans. The injury was the latest bump in a season filled with starts and stops for Harvin. First was the trade from Minnesota and a lucrative contract with Seattle. Then came the discovery of a damaged labrum in his hip that required surgery in early August and caused him to miss the first 10 games of the regular season. When he returned in Week 11, Harvin was used sparingly, but the amount was too much for his hip and complications followed. He returned for the playoffs and was a significant part of Seattles game plan against the Saints in the divisional round when the next setback hit. Harvins head bounced off the turf of CenturyLink Field after leaping for a pass in the end zone in the second quarter of Seattles 23-15 win. And again, Harvin was left to be a spectator. "Frustrating. Thats the word that Ill use. Thhis whole year watching every single game was frustrating," Harvin said. Cheap Air Max Tn. "But like I said having great teammates, great coaches it was good to be on the sideline and watch those guys perform." Hitting his head on the turf, just as New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins was hitting him in the back, was the second big hit Harvin took against the Saints. He said Thursday he did not believe he was being targeted. Harvin was hit by safety Rafael Bush in the first quarter of the game, a hit that drew a 15-yard penalty and a $21,000 fine from the NFL. "I thought they were just playing football," said Harvin, who said his history with migraines had no influence on the speed of his recovery from the concussion. The opportunities Harvin got against the Saints showed just what he could add to Seattles offence. He was used as a runner on a sweep to the perimeter that went for 9 yards and could have gone for more. Seattle tried to find him on deep routes down the seam of the defence and also underneath crossing patterns. He was also a successful decoy. On Marshawn Lynchs 15-yard touchdown run against the Saints, Harvin faked that he was about to catch a screen pass. The defence reacted and Lynch had a cutback lane open en route to the end zone. "Last year when we prepared for Percy, there were just so many things that we had to look for in a guy like him," Seattle safety Kam Chancellor said. "Its a guy that can be in the backfield, a guy that can be split out at receiver, its just so many ways you can use him." Despite all the setbacks, Harvins not viewing the Super Bowl as an opportunity to salvage his season. "Im trying to go out there and win a Super Bowl. Im not trying to save or be a hero or do anything," Harvin said. "Im trying to go out there and prepare to play a game I know how to play." ' ' '

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