NEW YORK (AP) — A small but spirited cheer broke out in a corner of Barclays Center, a contrast to the boos that rained down for much of the second half.
Timofey Mozgov had just grabbed his career-high 20th rebound late in Denver's 111-87 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, and the players on the Nuggets' bench were thrilled.
"It's just a great deal for us and for him. He works extremely hard and he did a hell of a job going against their bigs," Nuggets guard Nate Robinson said.
Mozgov, Robinson and the rest of the subs are providing plenty for the Nuggets to celebrate lately.
Mozgov also scored 17 points in another superb effort by the Denver bench, and the Nuggets raced to their seventh straight victory.
Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton each added 15 points for the Nuggets, who got 57 points from the NBA's second-highest scoring second unit. That wasn't quite the 72 they rang up against Toronto on Sunday, but it was more than enough to dominate the third quarter against the short-handed Nets.
Denver outscored Brooklyn 31-15 in the period that has given the Nets season-long problems, putting it away with a 15-0 run midway through the quarter.
"We just kept attacking. That's what we're going to do all season. We're going to keep attacking teams," said Robinson, who had to shoot two free throws lefty after a hard landing on his right wrist. "We're never going to stop playing hard. We're going to play as hard as we can for as long as we can, no matter the results."
Joe Johnson scored 22 points for the Nets, who still haven't won consecutive games this season and fell to 5-13 heading into their nationally televised first meeting Thursday with the just-a-little-worse Knicks (3-13).
Andray Blatche added 15 for the Nets, playing without injured starters Paul Pierce and Deron Williams.
"Can't hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves because no one in the league is going to feel sorry for us," Brooklyn's Kevin Garnett said. "But need to figure this out soon. I don't think anyone around here is having fun and losing is definitely not fun."
The Nets shook up their coaching staff before the game, with Jason Kidd reassigning Lawrence Frank to a non-bench role in which he will write daily reports but won't be at games or practices. Kidd said he and his former coach when he played for the Nets had "different philosophies."