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    Nuggets take 2-0 series lead

    24.04.2009 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    DENVER, Colorado - Chauncey Billups scored 31 points as the Denver Nuggets rolled over the New Orleans Hornets 108-93 Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their National Basketball Association playoff series.

    The best-of-seven series shifts to New Orleans for game three on Saturday with the Nuggets holding just the third 2-0 edge in their 33-year NBA history. This is the first time the Nuggets have won the first two games of a series since 1985.

    "I am in a nice groove," Billups said. "It is not all about me. It is the team. We are playing good right now. What can I say."

    "We were focused on defence and we got enough offence on the offensive end to make it happen."

    Billups' arrival from Detroit in the Allen Iverson trade transformed the Nuggets from an afterthought to the West's second seed and a franchise record-tying 54 wins.

    Meanwhile, Derrick Rose, who averaged 16.8 points and a league-best 6.3 assists a game, was named the Rookie of the Year.

    "This is very special for me," Rose said. "Since the first game of the season, the biggest thing for me has been to get this award. Winning this award comes from playing tough and aggressive every night."
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