Al Harrington throws down a dunk in the Nike KD III.

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Statistically, Carmelo Anthony was the best player on the Denver Nuggets. So when the team’s best player (and on-court leader Chauncey Billups) gets shipped to the Big Apple, you would think the Nuggets might begin a slow and painful downward spiral. Somehow it seems the new look in Denver is more motivated than ever to win.

The Nuggets, with just nine players taking the court on Tuesday, defended their home court with an exciting 100-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The win came in a team effort with five players scoring in double digits and no one scoring over 20 points, including Raymond Felton’s 15 and J.R. Smith’s 19 points.

The Nuggets are now 3-1 since the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York. They seem to be playing like a team and with new-found purpose. With the distractions of when and where Melo will go out of the picture, will George Karl be able to lead this new mix of players into the playoffs?

Check out our latest Sneaker Watch photos below courtesy of Yahoo/ESPN below.

Sneaker Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

Rajon Rondo with an easy basket in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse PE.Rajon Rondo with an easy basket in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse PE.

Al Harrington throws down a dunk in the Nike KD III.Al Harrington throws down a dunk in the Nike KD III.

Chris "Birdman" Anderson throws down a dunk in the Converse Star Player EVO.Chris “Birdman” Anderson throws down a dunk in the Converse Star Player EVO.

J.R. Smith wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD.J.R. Smith wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD.

Derrick Rose in the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5.Derrick Rose in the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5.

Nick Young wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI East L.A.Nick Young wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI East L.A.

John Wall pushing the tempo in the Reebok Question Mid.John Wall pushing the tempo in the Reebok Question Mid.

Hakim Warrick in the Nike 1/2 Cent.Hakim Warrick in the Nike 1/2 Cent.

Jay-Z sits next to Beyonce to watch his new-look Nets in the Jordan Retro 3.Jay-Z sits next to Beyonce to watch his new-look Nets in the Jordan Retro 3.