DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets werent a playoff team last year, but they played well against teams that did reach the postseason.One of those clubs was the Golden State Warriors, who set a regular-season record with 73 wins. Included in that total was an overtime win at home against Denver on Jan. 2.The Nuggets, however, beat the Warriors nearly two weeks later at home. They will want to repeat that success Thursday night when they host the Western Conference champs.Denver isnt intimidated by the Warriors imposing roster.We are better than last year, 100 percent, Nikola Jokic told the Denver Post. We need to play better and get better at finishing games.That was never more evident than Tuesday when the Nuggets lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, 108-107, on a buzzer-beater by Marc Gasol. Denver had the game won but kicked it away after Emmanuel Mudiays dunk gave the Nuggets a 107-106 lead with 7.9 seconds left.After forcing a turnover, Mike Miller threw away an inbounds pass, and that led to Gasols heroics.It was the Nuggets second tough loss of the season. Denver (3-4) gave away an eight-point lead to the Portland Trail Blazers in the final 48 seconds and lost in overtime in its only home game to date.Weve got to win them, Mudiay told the Post. If were that close, you dont want to come in second place.The Warriors (6-2) know all about blowing leads. They had a 3-1 advantage in the NBA Finals, only to see the Cleveland Cavaliers rally to win Game 7 in Oakland, Calif., and steal the title.Golden State wont match its 73-win total from last season. The Warriors won their first 24 games but are 6-2 this season after a 116-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. They are still working on integrating Kevin Durant into the rotation, and there have been some growing pains.Its a process. That word sucks, but it is what it is, Andre Iguodala told the San Francisco Examiner. Everyones making adjustments and everyones trying to -- its like kind of (a) feeling out type of thing. You have so much talent -- especially with one major guy whos new -- and you want him to be as comfortable as possible.Golden State is still winning while the lineup finds a rhythm. After getting blown out by the San Antonio Spurs on opening night two weeks ago, the Warriors reeled off three straight road wins. The Thursday game was just their third at home, and they took care of business against the Mavericks.Now it is the Nuggets who will try to take care of business. Thursday starts a stretch of nine of their next 12 games at home. 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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The former French judge heading an IOC investigation into Russian doping stepped down on Tuesday, three days before the release of a new report into systematic cheating at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.Guy Canivet, a former judge of the Constitutional Court, resigned purely for personal reasons, the International Olympic Committee said.Canivet leaves as vice chairman of the IOC ethics commission and as chairman of the inquiry commission looking into evidence of state-backed Russian doping, a position he began in July.Canivet will be replaced as head of the IOC inquiry panel by former Swiss president Samuel Schmid, who is also a member of the IOC ethics commission.IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the change should not hamper or slow down the investigation.Mr. Canivet has strong personal reasons for resigning, Adams said. The succession and handover has been assured and I dont see any particular delay.Canivets resignation precedes Fridays publication of the latest report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren into alleged state-sponsored Russian doping.The Canadian lawyers first report, issued in July, led WADA to recommend Russias exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The IOC rejected the call, instead allowing international federations to decide which Russians could compete.Fridays report is expected to foccus on evidence of organized Russian doping centered on the Sochi Games, including allegations that tainted samples of Russian athletes -- including medalists -- were swapped for clean ones through a concealed hole in the wall of the drug-testing lab.ddddddddddddAdams said the IOC has not been given any access to McLarens report ahead of Fridays release at a news conference in London.Without knowing the contents, the IOC executive board is expected to issue a statement this week setting out how it will deal with the new findings -- including the possibility of stiff sanctions ahead of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.The report will be sent to two IOC inquiry commissions. Canivets panel has been looking into the Russian system as a whole, while Swiss member Denis Oswald leads a commission focusing on the Sochi doping samples.It will be done in a timely fashion that will work for Pyeongchang, Adams said.IOC President Thomas Bach said last month that once the investigations and hearings are completed, the IOC will take the necessary measures and all the sanctions because if only part of this would be true, it would be an unprecedented attack on the integrity on the Olympic Games and on the Olympic competitions. ' ' '