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              === Nuggets' winning streak ends in New Orleans ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and made 5-
 of-11  from behind  the arc  to go  along with  nine rebounds  as New  Orleans
 convincingly  ended  Denver's 15-game  winning  streak,  downing the  Nuggets,
 110-86, on Monday.
 
 Darius  Miller had 16  points and Roger Mason Jr. had 14, while both connected
 on  4-of-5  from 3-point range  for the Hornets,  who have won three straight.
 Anthony  Davis  chipped in 14 points  and six rebounds and Brian Roberts added
 13  points  and a  career-high 18 assists  in the victory,  which was also the
 third straight at home for New Orleans.
 
 Even  more  surprising was the  fact that New Orleans  came out on top without
 Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez, who both had sore ankles.
 
 "We knew we had some guys out, but the group we had we just wanted to come out
 and  fight," Roberts  said. "Guys played extremely hard, and think that's what
 got us the win."
 
 Danilo  Gallinari  paced Denver with  24 points, while Kenneth Faried followed
 with 13 and seven rebounds for the Nuggets, who were looking to make franchise
 history   with  16  straight  wins,  after  matching  their  1969-70  American
 Basketball Association team's record of 15 straight victories.
 
 After  leading by 21  at the break -- and 23 just minutes into the second half
 --  New Orleans' lead was cut to 67-58 on two Gallinari free throws around the
 midway point of the third.
 
 But  like they  had all game up  to that point, the Hornets answered, as Mason
 hit  consecutive treys to  push the lead to 15. Mason's final 3-pointer of the
 quarter  proved  to be  the most  important, as  it made  the contest an 86-68
 margin in favor of New Orleans.
 
 The  fourth quarter was no different, as the Nuggets weren't done just yet and
 Corey Brewer's lay-in with 7:20 to play closed the gap to 12 points.
 
 New  Orleans, though, made a final stand and utilized a 14-2 run over the next
 five-plus  minutes to  secure the outcome. Miller capped the swing with a trey
 to  make  it 108-84 with  just 1:45  to play, all  but ending any hopes Denver
 had to keep the streak going.
 
 "This league has a way of humbling anybody who doesn't have the right karma or
 the  right approach  to playing  basketball," Nuggets  head coach  George Karl
 said. "They played better than we did, and they earned it."
 
 Wilson  Chandler's three-point play early in the second quarter looked to help
 the  Nuggets  dismiss a  poor  first  period,  but back-to-back  triples  from
 Anderson  and Mason kicked  off an 8-0 swing which Davis capped on a jumper to
 make it 41-25.
 
 The  Hornets were  able to keep a double-digit advantage and all the momentum,
 as  they ended the first half on a 11-1 flurry to take a surprising 59-38 edge
 into the break.
 
 Denver  made just  11-of-32 shots  by halftime,  while the  Hornets shot  54.8
 percent from the floor, including 7-of-9 from behind the arc.
 
 New  Orleans opened up the contest on a mission, outscoring the visitors 27-13
 10 minutes in before taking a 27-18 edge into the second quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Denver defeated New Orleans on Feb. 1, 113-98 at home ... New Orleans is 15-21
 at home this season ... Denver is 17-20 on the road ... Denver guard Ty Lawson
 missed his third straight game (right heel) ... The Nuggets failed in a bid to
 tie  franchise-best seven-game road winning streak set from Nov. 28 - Dec. 15,
 1975.  That  was the team's final  season in the  ABA ... New Orleans made 14-
 of-25 from behind the arc.
 
 
 03/25 23:58:07 ET