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Monday, March 5, 2012
Nene, Danilo Gallinari back with Nuggets news services

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets had Danilo Gallinari and Nene back on the court against the Sacramento Kings.


Coach George Karl said before Monday night's 119-116 overtime victory that he intended to play Gallinari and Nene only limited minutes as they return from injuries.

Not surprisingly, Gallinari and Nene both showed some early rust from their long layoffs.

Gallinari didn't hit his first basket until swishing a 3-pointer with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter. He had just four points in 18 minutes of action.

Nene finished with six points in just over 15 minutes.

Gallinari, the team's leading scorer, missed 13 games with a left ankle sprain, while Nene sat out 10 due to a strained left calf.

The banged-up Nuggets were without versatile swingman Rudy Fernandez (back) and center Kosta Koufos (left knee).

When Gallinari hobbled off the court on Feb. 6, tests revealed a chip fracture in his left foot. But further examinations showed the fracture wasn't caused by his stumble and may have actually occurred before he joined the NBA in 2008.

The team was 6-7 without Gallinari.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.