You don't have to look too closely to see the smiles on the Nuggets' players faces during games.

They're just enjoying themselves more.

The reason has everything to do with the style of play. The run/jump athletes get to do just that — run and jump. And run and jump some more.

The New York Knicks tried to slow that down, but in the end they couldn't, and the Nuggets pulled away for a 106-78 victory on Monday night at the Pepsi Center. It was the Nuggets' third win in their last five games and it stopped a two-game losing streak.

"Just a good team effort," Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt said. "In the locker room, we've been talking a lot about putting together as close to a 48-minute game as we can."

Kenneth Faried is among the Nuggets most pleased that pushing the pace at all times is back.