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           === Eureka: Nuggets go panning for win against Hornets ===
 (Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets will take their much less glamorized 15-
 game  winning streak on  the road Monday night when they visit the New Orleans
 The  Nuggets tied  their  franchise  record with  a  15th consecutive  victory
 Saturday  at home against the Sacramento Kings. Denver had not won 15 straight
 since 1969-70, when the team was in the American Basketball Association as the
 Denver Rockets.
 "I'm  part  of Nuggets  history,  and  that  is  great," said  forward  Danilo
 Gallinari.  "We  did something  special for this  franchise, and everyone will
 remember this team for what we did."
 The  Miami Heat  are garnering  all of  the attention  with a  26-game winning
 streak, the second-longest in the history of the NBA.
 As  the Heat can attest to, not every victory along the way is pretty, and the
 Nuggets just won two in ugly fashion.
 After  the  Nuggets overcame  a five-point  deficit in the  last 14 seconds on
 Thursday  to  beat the  Philadelphia 76ers, Denver  let a 15-point, first-half
 lead slip on Saturday.
 Without  starting point  guard Ty Lawson and key reserve Wilson Chandler for a
 second  straight  game, the Nuggets  trailed by one at  the start of the final
 frame. They outscored the Kings 31-24 in the fourth to keep the streak alive.
 "I  can't deny that I'm disappointed that after Philadelphia we threw this out
 there,  from  a standpoint of energy  and basketball pride," head coach George
 Karl  said.  "It wasn't a  flat game;  it was just  kind of an NBA-funky game.
 Fortunately, we found enough confidence and enough skill to win the game."
 Six Nuggets scored in double figures, led by Gallinari's 19.
 The  Hornets  are on a good  run of their own,  but their winning streak is 13
 games less than Monday's opponent.
 New  Orleans  is in the midst  of a seven-game  homestand and is 2-1 thus far.
 They  bested the  Boston Celtics 87-86 on Wednesday, then took out the Memphis
 Grizzlies 90-83 on Friday.
 "The  next couple  games are  not going  to be  easy, but  the last  few games
 haven't  been easy  either," said guard Greivis Vasquez. "We just have to keep
 doing what we have been doing."
 What  the Hornets  have been doing is play defense. They haven't allowed their
 opponents 100 points in their last five games and kept Boston and Memphis, two
 playoff clubs, under 90 points.
 "Defense is where it's at," head coach Monty Williams said after the Grizzlies
 win.  "We can  get mesmerized  by a  great  offense and  we all  want that.  I
 certainly  welcome it, but  at the end of the day that's who we are. If we are
 ever  going to  do anything big here in  this town it's going to start on that
 end of the floor."
 The  bigs for the  Hornets were great on Friday. Robin Lopez had 23 points, 10
 rebounds and four blocks, while Anthony Davis, the first pick in last summer's
 draft, scored 18 points, grabbed 15 boards and blocked two.
 The Nuggets have won both matchups this season with the Hornets and have taken
 three of their last five in New Orleans.
 03/25 10:29:52 ET