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Denver, OKC to vie for top spot in West

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The Denver Nuggets woke up Thursday morning in a spot no one expected them to be in at any point of the season -- atop the Western Conference standings.

They'll have to bring their best Friday night if they want to stay there.

Denver (18-9) was percentage points ahead of Golden State and a half-game up on Oklahoma City entering Thursday's schedule. The Thunder (17-9) have a chance to change the picture when they play at Denver on Friday night.

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Rank Name APG
1 K. Lowry, Tor10.0
2 J. Holiday, NO8.9
3 J. Wall, Was8.5
4 J. Harden, Hou8.3
5 J. Teague, Min8.2
6 C. Paul, Hou8.0
7 B. Simmons, Phi7.9
8 N. Jokic, Den7.6
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2 R. Covington, Min2.12
3 C. Paul, Hou2.09
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5 J. Harden, Hou2.04
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7 J. Holiday, Chi1.83
8 J. Holiday, NO1.77
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10 D. Mitchell, Uta1.72
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