Denver Nuggets Rout Heat As George Karl Wins His 300th With Nuggets

Nick DavisContributor IIIJanuary 14, 2011

DENVER - NOVEMBER 16:  George Karl, head coach of the Denver Nuggets, leads his team against the New York Knicks at the Pepsi Center on November 16, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Knicks 120-118. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Denver Nuggets coach George Karl just weeks ago won his 1000th game as a coach, and tonight has won his 300th as the coach of the Denver Nuggets. 

JR Smith stole the show by knocking down eight 3's, and pulling down 7 boards. Carmelo Anthony, along with the other starters, got to sit out the 4th quarter because of a 26 point lead. The Nuggets went on to win 130 to 102 in Denver. 

The team shared the ball racking up 31 assists, and passed the ball well, spread out the Heat's zone defense, and knocked down 15 3-pointers. 

It was nice to see the Nuggets play so well as a team with all of the trade rumors surrounding superstar Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo is approaching his 550th game with the team, but most people around the league don't think that he will be a member of the Nuggets much longer.

It appears that the Denver Nuggets were willing to move their 26-year-old superstar Carmelo Anthony, guards Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter, along with forward Shelden Williams. The Nuggets would then receive two first-round picks from the Nets, point guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favors, guards Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh, Stephen Graham and Quinton Ross.     

However, there are still some pieces that the Nuggets, and their trading partner(s), need to figure out.  It has been rumored that the Nuggets would want to move newly-acquired forward Al Harrington in the deal.   

It would also not be surprising to see Kenyon Martin, and JR Smith to be moved before the trade deadline because they both have expiring contracts. 

But while this Nuggets team is still together, it will be interesting to see if they can play together and continue to put together quality wins.