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              === Nuggets trip up Pacers with late-game surge ===
 
 Indianapolis,  IN (Sports  Network) - JaVale McGee and Corey Brewer totaled 20
 points  each,  as the  Denver Nuggets  used a  late surge  to best the Indiana
 Pacers, 92-89, on Friday.
 
 Andre  Miller, who dished  out eight assists, scored eight of his 15 points in
 the  final quarter for the Nuggets, who have won two of their last three after
 dropping three in a row.
 
 "To get a close win was good for us," Brewer said.
 
 Paul  George  ended with  a game-high  22 points for  the Pacers, who suffered
 their second loss in the last six outings despite having all of their starters
 score in double digits.
 
 David  West added  18 points  and  a game-best  11 rebounds,  and George  Hill
 totaled 15 and 10 assists in defeat.
 
 Miller  hit  two free throws, then  consecutive buckets and McGee added a slam
 to  turn  a three-point deficit  into a 90-85 margin  with 1:38 to play. After
 Hill  was  short on a shot  from beyond the  arc, Miller connected again for a
 seven-point spread with 1:01 to play.
 
 George  then  sank a three and  Lance Stephenson hit  the last of two from the
 line for a 92-89 game.
 
 The  Nuggets held for  a final shot, but Hill blocked a three-point attempt by
 Ty  Lawson,  dribbled the length of  the court and worked a give-and-go before
 rushing  an  off-balance, contested shot from  the behind the arc on the right
 wing that hit the rim and bounced out at the buzzer.
 
 "We  didn't make the  plays at the end of the game that we needed," Hill said.
 "We have to get in the lab and learn from it."
 
 Indiana  jumped  out to  a 12-2  lead early  on, and  though Denver shrunk its
 deficit  to  25-22 on a  Brewer slam, Hill's triple  had the hosts ahead 28-22
 after one quarter.
 
 The  Nuggets pushed at  the outset of the second, going up 31-29 on the second
 of back-to-back buckets from McGee, then built their lead to 40-34 on a Miller
 layup  just after  the midway point. The  hosts were never able to reclaim the
 lead but managed to get within 51-50 at the break thanks to a West jumper.
 
 Danilo  Gallinari's two from  the line made it 58-53 for the visitors early in
 the  third, but a  brief run from the hosts gave them a 62-60 edge on a George
 layup.  Once  again a large  lead was elusive for  either team, and Denver led
 69-68 heading to the fourth on a McGee alley-oop slam.
 
 Denver  led 80-74  midway through the final quarter thanks to a Brewer lay-in,
 but a 13-2 run by Indiana ensued. Hill completed a three-point play during the
 surge and Hill ended it with a trey with 3 1/2 to play.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Denver  has beaten Indiana  in six of the last eight meetings ... Kosta Koufos
 and  Andre  Iguodala were the only  Nugget starters to score in double digits,
 with  12  and 10 points, respectively  ... Stephenson ended with 12 points and
 Roy Hibbert contributed 10 and nine boards in defeat ... Hibbert and Hill also
 blocked  three  shots apiece ... Denver  turned the ball over just eight times
 and scored 23 points off 19 Indiana turnovers.
 
 12/07 23:35:27 ET