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                          === Nuggets top Warriors ===
 
 Oakland,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  J.J.  Hickson  grabbed a  career-high  24
 rebounds  and  supplied 13 points, including  the first four of a game-closing
 8-0  spurt that  sent the  Denver Nuggets  to a  123-116 win  over the  Golden
 State Warriors on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.
 
 With  Denver trailing 116-115 and just over a minute to play, Hickson buried a
 pullup  jumper to put the Nuggets on top before stripping Stephen Curry at the
 other end and going coast-to-coast for a two-handed dunk and a 119-116 lead.
 
 "Just  a  bad possession at the  end, trying to do  too much at the top of the
 key," Curry said of turning the ball over late. "Just a bad game all around."
 
 Hickson  was fouled  on the play and  missed the ensuing free throw, but Randy
 Foye came up with the offensive board with 44.9 seconds to play.
 
 After  wasting  most of  the shot clock,  Ty Lawson misfired  on a jumper, but
 Hickson  skied  for the offensive  board and Lawson  went 4-of-4 from the free
 throw line over the final 21 seconds to seal the outcome.
 
 Lawson  finished  with 22 points  and 11  assists, Nate Robinson registered 24
 points  off the bench, and Wilson Chandler chipped in 22 points and six boards
 for the Nuggets, who have won six of their last seven games.
 
 "We  stayed together,"  Robinson remarked. "Sometimes we give away close games
 like that. Tonight we grinded it out."
 
 David  Lee tallied  28 points  and  11 boards,  while Curry  followed with  24
 points,  despite going  4-of-13  from  3-point range  in  the setback,  Golden
 State's second in its last three games.
 
 Denver  closed  the third quarter on  a 10-0 sprint, capped by Evan Fournier's
 buzzer-beating,  half-court  heave, to take a  91-82 edge into the fourth, but
 the Warriors opened the final frame on an 11-3 swing to trim the margin to one
 with 9:12 to play.
 
 The  Nuggets knocked down a 3-pointer on each of their next three possessions,
 including consecutive triples from Robinson that pushed the lead to 103-95.
 
 Robinson's  pullup  jumper with  3:44 left  had Denver's  lead at 113-105, but
 Curry  countered with a trey that sparked an 11-2 Golden State surge that gave
 the home team a 116-115 lead with 1:13 remaining.
 
 Denver  shot  a scorching 61.9 percent  (26-of-42) from the field in the first
 half  and outscored  Golden State 19-6 in fastbreak points over the opening 24
 minutes to take a 65-58 lead into halftime.
 
 The  Warriors remained within striking distance throughout the third, but were
 unable  to jump in front until Harrison Barnes capped a 9-3 Golden State swing
 with a turnaround jumper that made it 82-81 with 2:07 left in the quarter.
 
 
                                  Game Notes
 
 Denver  improved  to 9-10 on  the road, while the  Warriors dropped to 12-5 at
 home  this season ... Golden State acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon
 Brooks  from  the Boston Celtics Wednesday  as part of a three-team trade that
 also  involved  the Miami  Heat  ...  Denver  shot  45-of-83 from  the  field,
 including  a 12-for-24  mark from  beyond the  arc ...  The Nuggets  scored 28
 fastbreak points, compared to nine from Golden State ... Foye finished with 21
 points, while Curry contributed seven assists and five boards.
 
 
 
 01/16 02:31:12 ET

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