NBA Basketball

Nuggets extend contract of coach Michael Malone

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DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets agreed a contract extension with coach Michael Malone, who was in the final season of a four-year deal.

The team didn't release details of the extension, but ESPN reported the extension was for two seasons.

Under Malone, the Nuggets have gone from 33 wins in 2015-16, to 40 in '16-17 and 46 last season when they finished a spot out of the playoffs. The season came down to a winner-take-all scenario in Minnesota, with the Nuggets coming up short in overtime to miss out on the playoffs for a fifth straight season.

Malone has helped develop a young nucleus that includes big man Nikola Jokic, point guard Jamal Murray and shooting guard Gary Harris.

Denver won its season opener in Los Angeles against the Clippers on Wednesday.

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Updated October 18, 2018

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