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.