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      === Gallinari's strong fourth quarter pushes Denver past Houston ===
 
 Denver,  CO (Sports Network)  - Danilo Gallinari poured in 12 of his 27 points
 in  the fourth quarter to help the Denver Nuggets pull away and take a 118-110
 decision over the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center.
 
 Gallinari  made  three of  his four  triples in the  final frame, where Denver
 outscored  Houston by 11 points to capture its fifth straight victory and 12th
 in the month of January. He also tied a career-high with four blocks.
 
 "Our  confidence is very high," said Gallinari. "We know what we're capable of
 and we know that we're a very good team."
 
 Kenneth  Faried added 19 points and nine boards, Ty Lawson scored 16 and Andre
 Iguodala  totaled 15 points with six assists in the Nuggets' sixth consecutive
 win over Houston.
 
 The  Rockets came in winners of three in a row, but returned to their sluggish
 defensive ways in allowing the Nuggets to shoot 51.2 percent from the field.
 
 Jeremy  Lin  led the Rockets with  22 points, while Chandler Parsons and James
 Harden  each followed with  21. Omer Asik amassed 10 points and 18 rebounds in
 the defeat.
 
 "It's us being careless  with the ball,"  Harden said  on the team's mistakes.
 "We did  a little bit too much in trying to  make the home run play instead of
 trying to make the easy, simple pass."
 
 The  Rockets held an 86-83 advantage after 18 ties and 16 lead changes through
 the  first three frames, but missed their first four shots to begin the fourth
 while also committing four turnovers in contributing to a 13-0 Denver surge.
 
 Gallinari  scored  nine during the game-changing stretch, burying back-to-back
 triples  before Wilson Chandler capped the run with a finger roll to open up a
 96-86 lead for Denver.
 
 Despite putting together a 14-5 push to come within four at the 2:55 mark, the
 Rockets couldn't overcome the damage, as Andre Miller and Lawson answered with
 consecutive baskets to quell Houston's comeback attempt.
 
 Neither team led by more than four in the first half, but Houston changed that
 in  the third  with a  10-2  push, as  Harden  and Asik  both finished  scores
 following consecutive triples from Parsons to create a 72-64 advantage.
 
 After  a  short Denver spurt, Toney  Douglas turned two steals into layups and
 Marcus  Morris buried  a triple  to  keep the  Rockets ahead  by eight  before
 heading into the fourth with a three-point edge.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Miller  scored 12  points on 6-of-9 shooting  off the bench for Denver ... The
 Nuggets  improved to 19-3 at home this season ... JaVale McGee (tibia) sat for
 a  second consecutive  contest for Denver ... The Nuggets scored 29 points off
 22  Rockets turnovers  ...  After the  Rockets had  outscored  its last  three
 opponents by a combined 73-18 on the fastbreak, Houston managed just 18 points
 to the Nuggets' 26 on Wednesday.
 
 01/31 02:07:29 ET

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