Nuggets' Will Barton: Scores 17 points, hands out seven assists

Barton tallied 17 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-5 FT), seven assists and two rebounds across 30 minutes in Sunday's 106-97 preseason win over the Trail Blazers.

With Gary Harris (groin) sidelined, Barton has stepped into the starting five over the last two games and has been dynamite, averaging 15.7 points, 3.2 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 treys over 28.7 minutes per game. He'll likely see a few more minutes in the regular season if Harris remains unavailable, but his stay with the top unit could be brief. Harris was given a three-to-four week recovery timetable after suffering the injury Oct. 3, so even if he's held out of the season opener, he's not expected to miss much time beyond that.

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