Efes Pilsen played its first game ever against an NBA team on Tuesday, falling in a high-paced game by 118-102 to the host Denver Nuggets in Colorado. The game attracted a crowd of 8,647, of which a couple small groups of Turkish fans stood and cheered throughout the game, singing and waving flags. A slow start hurt Efes, which fell behind 22-35 as Denver debuted its new up-tempo offense for the local fans in the preseason opener for the club. After that, Efes played the hosts basically even. A three-pointer by Cenk Akyol that capped a 2-10 run got Efes as close as 51-43 late in the second quarter. Denver went to the break with a 55-44 advantage, however, and expanded on that in the third quarter, which finished 88-66. In the final quarter, it was the turn of Efes to run. The visitors poured in 36 points, but could not limit Denver and challenge for the victory. Carmelo Anthony had 21 points, Reggie Evans 17 and 11 rebounds, and Linas Kleiza 15 more for the winners. Efes got 26 points from Horace Jenkins, 23 from Marcus Haislip, 15 from Kerem Gonlum and 10 from Drew Nicholas. Efes will be the guest as another NBA team opens its preseason on Thursday when it faces the Golden State Warriors at their arena in Oakland, California.