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(SportsNetwork.com) - The All-Star break didn't seem to help the struggling Denver Nuggets in their quest to keep an impressive playoff streak intact.

The Nuggets lost their first game out of the break and look to find some solace on the road when they open a quick trip Thursday against arguably the worst team in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks.

Denver, which will also visit Chicago and is 10-16 away from home, dropped a 112-107 overtime decision to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. The Nuggets squandered a 99-94 lead in the final minute of regulation and Wilson Chandler's jumper at the buzzer was off the mark.

Phoenix scored 13 of the 21 points in the extra session. But Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds and missed on a 3-point attempt with 1.6 seconds to go.

"I knew they were going to play off of me, and I had a clear look," Hickson said. "It actually felt good. I just missed the shot."

The Nuggets trailed by as many as 14 points early on and were playing their first home game since Feb. 5. Evan Fournier led the Nuggets with 25 points off the bench, Kenneth Faried added 21 and 10 rebounds and Chandler ended with 15 points for Denver, which has lost five in a row.

Denver is one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, allowing 104.6 ppg, and has given up 100 or more points in 10 straight games. The team struggled to rebound all night, including in the closing moments of the game and OT.

"I thought our defense played well enough to come away with the win but our inability to defensive rebound during that critical stretch at the end fourth quarter where just one of those defensive rebounds, where they got the offensive rebound and the put back, allowed them to push the game into overtime," said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw.

The Nuggets, who have reached the playoffs in each of the past 10 seasons, will visit Chicago Friday night and are winless in four straight games on the road. Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson missed another game with a fractured rib and is out indefinitely.

Milwaukee became the last team in the league to reach 10 wins with Tuesday's 104-100 triumph over the Orlando Magic.

Caron Butler and Brandon Knight scored 21 and 18 points, respectively, while Nate Wolters had 15 points and Khris Middleton netted 12 for Milwaukee, which halted a four-game slide and won for only the second time in 12 games. The Bucks are now 28-17 in the first game following the All-Star break, including a 4-2 mark in the last six seasons.

Wolters buried a big 3-pointer late in the game to keep Milwaukee in front.

"The play kind of broke down and I ended up with it. I was fortunate it went in," Wolters said.

Milwaukee had been 1-33 in games when allowing an opponent to shoot a higher percentage from the field.

Butler returned to the floor after missing four games with an ankle sprain. He made 6-of-9 3-pointers in the first half and finished 7-of-13 from downtown.

The Bucks had lost three in a row at the Bradley Center and are 1-3 on a six- game homestand, which concludes Saturday versus Central rival Indiana. Milwaukee has a 6-21 mark on its home floor this season.

Milwaukee lost to Denver 110-100 on Feb. 5 in the Mile High City, as Chandler led the way with 24 points in that one. Larry Sanders and Middleton scored 25 points apiece to pace the Bucks, losers in seven straight, 11 of 15 and 17 of the last 22 meetings in this series.

The Nuggets have prevailed in each of their last three trips to Brew City.

02/20 09:32:33 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
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Final
CLE 5
KAN 1
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PIT 1
CIN 2
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DET 5
CWS 4
 
8th
TAM 6
MIN 9
 
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NYM 4
STL 1
 
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CHC 1
ARI 3
 
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