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Nuggets’ Paul Millsap, Gary Harris nearing returns after participating in full practice

Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets have the second-best record in the Western Conference and are going to get some key players back soon, as power forward Paul Millsap and shooting guard Gary Harris participated in full court runs at practice on Thursday.

Paul Millsap is recovering from a broken toe while Gary Harris is making his way back from a hip ailment.

Before he broke his toe, Millsap was averaging 13.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Denver. The four-time All-Star was shooting 49.8 percent overall, 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Millsap, 33, ditched his walking boot last week.

Gary Harris, meanwhile, was putting up 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from the 3-point line and 79.1 percent from the foul line before his hip injury. He has been out of action since Dec 5.

Denver is 21-11 on the season. Harris is third on the team in points per game, while Millsap is at No. 5. Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic leads the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

Many believe Jokic should be in the MVP conversation because of how well he has played this season and carried Denver with Millsap, Harris and Will Barton out.