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NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Denver



(Sunday, December 15th)

Final Score: Denver 102, New Orleans 93

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilson Chandler and J.J. Hickson netted 19 points apiece as the Denver Nuggets took down the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-93, from Pepsi Center.

Hickson also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for Denver, which had lost three of five on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. Nate Robinson contributed 14 points off the bench while Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson each scored 12 points, with Faried grabbing nine boards and Lawson dishing out eight assists.

"Once we get it rolling, it's going to be dangerous; it's going to be scary for teams to play us," said Robinson.

Ryan Anderson dropped a game-high 26 points for the short-handed Pelicans, who were without star big man Anthony Davis and sixth man Tyreke Evans. Davis, who has missed the last five games with a broken hand, had his cast removed before Friday's win over Memphis, but is still without a timetable to return. Evans missed the tilt with a sprained left ankle.

"We just didn't have the same juice tonight that we've had in a lot of games," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "Guys missed shots. We had a lot of open looks, but we just didn't make good shots."

Austin Rivers took advantage of his extended playing time with 17 points in 22 minutes off the bench, and Jrue Holiday had 12 points with seven assists.

Both teams shot 37-of-85 from the floor and 7-of-24 from the arc with 23 assists. The difference in the game was Denver's ability to get to the free throw line. The Nuggets shot 21-of-28 from the stripe, while New Orleans made just 12-of-19.

Andre Miller opened the fourth quarter with consecutive jumpers to extend Denver's lead to 79-68 at 9:45. The Nuggets kept New Orleans at arm's length throughout the fourth, eventually opening up a 14-point lead on Hickson's slam in the final minutes to put it away.

Earlier, the Pelicans shot 11-of-18 in the first quarter and led 27-24 after 12 minutes, but the Nuggets came back to tie the score at 52 apiece at intermission. Randy Foye's trey 3.8 ticks before the halftime buzzer capped a back-and-forth first half that featured 10 lead changes and three ties.

Denver led 63-62 midway through the third following Al-Farouq Aminu's deep 2. The Nuggets then used an 8-0 surge to gain a little breathing room.

Rivers' jumper at the third quarter buzzer made it 75-68 in favor of Denver heading into the final frame.

Game Notes

The Pelicans streak of three-straight road wins came to an end ... Denver outrebounded New Orleans, 51-32 ... New Orleans fell to .500 on the season ... The Pelicans continue their five-game road trip in Golden State on Tuesday. Denver is set to host the Thunder on Tuesday.

12/16 00:56:16 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
2nd
CIN 52
NCCU 46
 
3rd
WAS 60
ATL 64
 
Half
MIA 62
GSW 61
 
2nd
MIL 36
DET 37
 
2nd
NOP 29
SAC 32
 
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DEN
CHI
Half
UMO 21
OHIO 7
 
Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
Final
ELON 74
MRGST 73
 
Final
MIZZ 61
PURD 82
Final
MAR 55
HAW 62
Final
UNF 77
LIB 57
 
Final
CHAM 85
BYU 121
Final
BUCK 58
MDES 55
 
Final
UGST 85
WCU 70
 
Final
UWGB 64
EVAN 62
 
2nd
ARST 59
ALA 61
 
2nd
OHIO 55
ARKPB 54
 
2nd
UNH 62
BU 58
 
2nd
OU 61
CHIST 51
 
2nd
TOL 69
DET 64
 
2nd
CLMB 46
FD 41
 
2nd
QUIN 44
HART 51
 
2nd
SFLA 56
HOF 64
 
2nd
HARV 81
HOU 59
 
2nd
BONA 61
JST 57
 
2nd
STJOE 61
LIU 60
 
2nd
SYR 61
GHND 29
 
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MLOWELL 98
MTIDA 54
 
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CIN 52
NCCU 46
 
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VT 43
NIOWA 65
 
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WOFF 79
OHVALLEY 53
 
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TEMPL 64
PENN 59
 
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RUTG 39
PETE 54
 
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BGU 54
SEMIZ 52
 
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LAS 71
Terriers 53
 
Final
UVA 79
TENST 36
 
2nd
KENT 87
TXARL 40
 
2nd
FSU 55
CITA 45
 
Final
PBY 63
TOCC 40
 
2nd
COOK 44
TENNM 68
 
Final
WMARY 83
WILL 49
 
2nd
USB 57
WKENT 57
 
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HIGH 88
WMPEACE 71
 
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SMU 23
ARK 38
 
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ARMY 50
BING 29
 
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CSOU 41
CARK 24
 
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UMBC 28
HOW 33
 
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ARZ 31
KYST 34
 
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OREG 38
VCU 39
 
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PSU 26
AKR 36
 
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SCST 23
CIU 13
 
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CREI 39
EILL 20
 
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ALAAM 27
JVST 33
 
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ABCHRIST 30
JCHR 21
 
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TXSA 32
LOYC 27
 
1st
NDST 36
MNCROOK 34
 
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NEB 38
NEOM 29
 
1st
VANDY 36
NORST 23
 
1st
STLU 18
NCAT 16
 
Half
MTST 26
NARZ 26
 
1st
TTU 34
NWST 18
 
1st
TULA 27
SOUTH 23
 
1st
ILLCH 36
STXAVIER 28
 
1st
TEX 36
RFLSH 23
 
1st
BRAD 16
TAMCC 12
 
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SMISS 32
TROY 35
 
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DRAK 32
IUPUI 18
 
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ARKST 27
LAM 24
 
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FLGC 7
USF 5
 
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AFA
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BSU
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2nd Intermission
CLB 1
WIN 2
 
1st Intermission
NAS 1
LOS 1
 
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STL 1
OTT 0
 
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DAL 0
EDM 0
 
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