4. Denver Nuggets

Record: 12 - 5
Last Week's Rank: 10
Last Week's Results: W @ Milwaukee 105-95, (Tue); W @ Philadelphia 108-104, (Wed); W @ Washington 108-104, (Fri); W @ New York 119-114, (Sat)
This Week: @ Sacramento, Wednesday (1/25); vs. Toronto, Friday (1/27); vs. LA Clippers, Sunday (1/29)

Well, it took double overtime in the Garden to get things done, but the Denver Nuggets cleaned up on their four-game East Coast road swing, dropping 100-plus each on the Bucks, Sixers, Wizards and Knicks. As for Gallo's homecoming — how's a career-high 37 points sound? (The way he's playing, that won't be his career high for long.) One more on the road — at Sacramento — before a well-earned couple at home. —Russ Bengtson