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Pierce scores 18 as Nets bounce back from worst loss in 11 years with 112-89 win over Nuggets

  • Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche, center, dunks as Denver Nuggets guards Evan Fournier, back left, and Randy Foye watch during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche, center, dunks as Denver Nuggets guards Evan Fournier, back left, and Randy Foye watch during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett congratulates a teammate for a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett congratulates a teammate for a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams, left, deflects a ball away from Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams, left, deflects a ball away from Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

Paul Pierce scored 18 points and the Brooklyn Nets rebounded from their worst loss in 11 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 hadn't 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.

Brooklyn's 7-foot center Jason Collins, the NBA's 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.