Nuggets win under interim coach Scott Brooks |

Nuggets win under interim coach Scott Brooks


DENVER ” Desmond Mason scored 21 of his season-best 26 points after halftime in the New Orleans’ Hornets win over the Denver Nuggets, who were without their star forward and their leader.

Nuggets coach George Karl was suspended two games without pay for publicly criticizing officials after the Nuggets’ loss to New Jersey on Monday night. His suspension began Wednesday night and he’ll miss the team’s trip to Phoenix on Friday night.

Assistant coach Scott Brooks, who went 0-2 in place of a suspended Karl to start the season, was without the services of forward Carmelo Anthony, who sprained his left ankle Monday night.

Andre Miller had a season-best 33 points for Denver.

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