Final Score: Denver 118, Houston 110
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
"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.
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 02:07:06 ET
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