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DENVER -- Paul Pierce scored 18 points and the Brooklyn Nets rebounded from their worst loss more than 10 years by routing the slumping Denver Nuggets 112-89 on Thursday night. Joe Johnson, Marcus Thornton, and Mason Plumlee each added 10 points for the Nets, who snapped a six-game losing streak in Denver. The Nets hadnt won in the Mile High City since a 112-102 victory on Jan. 27, 2007. Randy Foye had 15 points to lead Denver, which has lost four in a row and nine of 10. Brooklyns 7-foot centre Jason Collins, the NBAs first openly gay player appearing in his third game since being signed to a 10-day contract, was given a round of applause from the crowd when he entered the game for the first time with 8:02 left. Collins finished with three points. Before the game, Collins said he planned to meet afterward with the family of Wyoming college student Matthew Shephard, who was tortured and murdered in 1998 because he was gay. Collins wears his No. 98 jersey in Shepards honour, and he said during a pregame news conference that the chance to meet Dennis and Judy Shepard was "one of those cool treats in life." The Nets were coming off a 104-80 loss at Portland the night before, their biggest loss since a 47-point defeat to Memphis on Dec. 13, 2003. But they quickly put that behind them with a runaway win of their own in a game in which they never trailed. Pierce scored 11 points in the third quarter, helping the Nets extend their lead to 38 points. Brooklyn took an 89-56 advantage into the fourth quarter and played reserves for most of the rest of the game. The offensive struggles by Denver, which was without leading scorer Ty Lawson (left rib fracture) for an eighth consecutive game, were epitomized in the first quarter. The Nuggets were held to a season-low eight points on 3-for-18 shooting from the floor (16.7 per cent) and trailed by as many 31 points in the second quarter before managing to get within 23 at the half. It got bad enough for the Nuggets that the crowd, after seeing Timofey Mozgov and Kenneth Faried both miss dunks in the first quarter, cheered derisively when Mozgov hit a layup early in the second. The Nets took advantage of the Nuggets horrible start to pull out to 59-36 halftime lead. Each of 10 Nets players seeing action to that point scored at least once. Denver ended up with as many turnovers in the first quarter as points. NOTES: The Nuggets were also without F Wilson Chandler, who was held out of the game because of sore right knee. ... The previous low for points in a quarter by the Nuggets was 12, against Oklahoma City on Jan. 9. ... The Nets Shaun Livingston made his 33rd start of the year, the most in a season in his career. ... Brooklyn improved to 4-10 in the second of back to back games. ... Since the beginning of January, the Nets have gone 17-8, fourth-best among Eastern Conference teams in that stretch. ... Denver, historically one of the teams with the strongest home-court advantage, fell to 14-15 at the Pepsi Center this season. ... All 13 Nets playing in the game scored. Camo Cowboys Jerseys . Jesus Navas bookended yet another huge home win for City by scoring after 14 seconds and again in second-half stoppage time, with Sergio Aguero also netting in each half to add to an own goal by Sandro and a brilliant strike by Alvaro Negredo. Womens Cowboys Jerseys . The alleged sexual assault is believed to have happened over the weekend of Feb. 1, when the hockey team was in Thunder Bay for two games against Lakehead University. The criminal investigation branch of the Thunder Bay Police Service is leading the investigation with help from Ottawa police. http://www.officialcowboysnflauthenticsh...r-mcgovern-gear. Bobrovsky posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to help the Blue Jackets (35-26-6) gain five of a possible six points last week. He capped the week by making 32 saves and stopping 2-of-4 shootout attempts in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Pink Cowboys Jerseys . According to TSN Edmonton reporter Ryan Rishaug, agent Rick Valette met with Oilers senior VP of hockey operations Scott Howson and general manager Craig MacTavish on Monday to kick off the talks. Elite Cowboys Jerseys . The two-time former Formula One champion downplayed his third-place finish three weeks ago in China and said progress is going slow for Ferrari as it tries to make up ground on Mercedes.The hoodie. The skirting of the rules. The dashing quarterback with the model wife.Oh, and all that winning.Theres no getting around it, the New England Patriots sure are annoying.The team everyone loves to hate just wont go away, claiming a spot in the AFC championship game for the ninth time in the last 14 years — a run that very well could be the most remarkable in NFL history.When the Patriots host Indianapolis on Sunday, essentially everyone outside of that little nook in the top right corner of the United States will be pulling against them.Some of that animosity is natural for any team that wins over and over again. The rest can be traced to the mood set by their hoodie-wearing coach, Bill Belichick, whos about as warm and fuzzy as a honey badger.Any city you go to, the people they dont like are usually New England because theyve been good for so long, Colts punter Pat McAfee said. You want to be the team thats not liked by other teams, because it means youve been good for a long time.Well, lets take a break from the hate and appreciate what the Patriots have accomplished since the opening of the 2001 season, when George W. Bush was just a few months into his first term as president and the horror of 9-11 was still 48 hours away.Fourteen straight winning seasons. Thirteen years with double-digit wins. Twelve playoff appearances. Five AFC championships. Three Super Bowl titles. The only perfect regular season since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule.Those feats would be impressive in any era, but they really stand out against the backdrop of salary caps and free agency.Simply put, the Patriots are the best franchise in all of football, maybe all of sports.Youre just excited for the opportunity to be able to do it, said Tom Brady, taking a break from lording over us that hes married to Gisele Bündchen and can cut his hair any way he likes and still look better than we do. Its hard to do and our team found a way to get there this year, so hopefully we can take advantage of the opportunity.If the Patriots go on to win their first Super Bowl in a decade, they should go down as the greatest dynasty of them all.If not, theyre still in the same ballpark as Vince Lombardis Green Bay Packers, Tom Landrys Dallas Cowboys, Chuck Nolls Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Walshs San Francisco 49ers.Consider these numbers, provided by STATS:— The Patriots are tied for the fifth-longest stretch of winning seasons in NFL history. The Cowbboys have the longest run (20 in a row from 1966-85) but didnt have to deal with free agents or a cap, which have undoubtedly levelled the playing field.dddddddddddd In fact, only one team on the list with 14 or more (San Francisco, 16 straight from 1983-98) overlaps at all with this epoch in the pro game.— New England has missed the playoffs only twice in the last 14 years, both times edged out on tiebreakers. The 2008 team went 11-5 (with backup quarterback Matt Cassell running the offence, no less, after Brady went down with a season-ending injury) to become one of only two teams that failed to make the post-season with that many wins.— During its run of winning seasons, the only team to put together a streak even half as long was the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts, who ripped off nine straight from 2002-10. The Green Bay Packers, currently on a streak with six in a row and playing Seattle in the NFC title game, are next on the list.Granted, New England is a sneaky bunch, not afraid to bend the rules (or, in the case of Spygate, break them).But the primary reasons for the Patriots success are simple: They draft better than everyone else, they manage their roster better than everyone else, they game-plan better than everyone else, they coach better than everyone else.Colts quarterback Andrew Luck summed up what its like to go against New England.They do a great job of taking away your strengths, he said. They are not going to let you get easy yards, easy first downs, easy points. Every down is a chess match, a battle.Of course, dont expect the joyless Belichick to provide any perspective on what it all means.Right now, I dont really care about any of the other games — last week, last year, 10 years ago, whatever it was, Mr. Grumpy said this week. All our focus is on the Colts, and weve got to do a good job with our preparation for Indianapolis. Weve got to execute well and weve got to coach well and weve got to play well. Thats our challenge.OK, haters, we know what youre thinking.No way were going to appreciate a curmudgeon who gives answers like that.Well, swallow hard, take a deep breath, and repeat after me:The hoodie rules — no matter how annoying.___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry@ap.org or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963___AP Sports Writer Howard Ulman in Boston and Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report. 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