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                  === Robinson leads Nuggets past Raptors ===
 
 Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Nate Robinson led the Nuggets' vaunted bench
 with  23 points and  Denver pulled away for a 112-98 decision over the Toronto
 Raptors to earn their sixth straight victory.
 
 Denver's  reserves  outscored Toronto's  by a wide  72-16 margin, with Timofey
 Mozgov and Darrell Arthur donating 16 and 14 points, respectively, in the win.
 
 "Our bench has to give us something," implored Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.
 "Our guys have to get tougher defensively."
 
 Mozgov  also  grabbed a career-high  15 rebounds while Kenneth Faried finished
 with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Nuggets, who shot 51 percent
 from the field and made 10 3-pointers.
 
 Rudy Gay netted a team-high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas tallied 18 points and
 11  boards, and DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry added 17 points apiece as Toronto
 finished its disappointing four-game homestand with three straight losses.
 
 The  Nuggets shook off a slow start and led the entire fourth quarter, pulling
 away  when Robinson  drained a pair of back-breaking 3-pointers on consecutive
 possessions with under two minutes remaining to give Denver a 107-96 cushion.
 
 The  Raptors jumped  out to  a  27-12 lead  eight  minutes into  the game  but
 proceeded to score a mere 18 points the rest of the half.
 
 Denver's  bench pulled the Nuggets within 31-25 heading to the second quarter,
 and Ty Lawson's bucket in the final minute gave the visitors a slim 47-45 lead
 at the intermission.
 
 "We  got off  to a  sluggish start.  ... It  was all  about our  second unit,"
 Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said.
 
 There  were  10 ties and four  lead changes in a back-and-forth third quarter,
 which  ended with Arthur picking DeRozan's pocket in the backcourt and putting
 in a layup for a 76-72 Nuggets advantage.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Nuggets have  made eight-or-more  3-pointers in  eight straight  games to
 extend  the  longest streak in franchise  history ... Denver opened a six-game
 road  trip Sunday and will next visit the Nets on Tuesday ... Lawson netted 16
 points with six assists ... Denver had 18 fastbreak points to Toronto's seven.
 
 
 
 
 12/01 15:56:53 ET

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