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Sunday, December 15th (All times Eastern)

New Orleans Pelicans (11-10) at Denver Nuggets (13-9), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets didn't get their four-game homestand off to a good start and will search for success Sunday versus the New Orleans Pelicans at the Pepsi Center.

The Nuggets had won two straight and nine of 11 games until a 103-93 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday spoiled the mood. Denver used a 20-4 run to start the second half for a one-point lead, but the Jazz went back ahead. Utah then scored seven straight points for the win after Denver pulled within three with about three minutes to go.

Wilson Chandler and Jordan Hamilton scored 17 points apiece, Timofey Mozgov netted 13 points and J.J. Hickson added 12 for the Nuggets, who shot 42.4 percent for the game and made only 7-of-21 3-pointers. The Nuggets trailed 33-28 after the first quarter and were outscored, 30-18, in the fourth.

"The first quarter was the beginning of the end for us. They were hitting everything," Denver coach Brian Shaw said.

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was held scoreless and handed out four assists.

Denver, which is still an impressive 13-6 since an 0-3 start to the season, owns a 6-3 ledger in the Rocky Mountains and will host Oklahoma City and Phoenix as well on the homestand.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans have been playing sturdy basketball in recent weeks with eight wins in the last 12 contests. They won the last two portions of a four-game homestand and will begin a five-game western jaunt Sunday against the Nuggets, Warriors, Clippers, Blazers and Kings.

New Orleans, which has a 4-5 mark away from the Big Easy, is coming off Friday's 104-98 triumph versus the Memphis Grizzlies, as Eric Gordon scored 25 points and Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 12 assists. Ryan Anderson scored 18 for the Pelicans, who went over .500 for the second time this season.

The Pelicans bounced back after trailing 34-26 after one quarter.

"The first quarter was not something to be happy about but our guys grinded it out in the second and third," Pelicans coach Monty Williams. "That happens. We don't like it but sometimes teams just make shots."

New Orleans improved to 3-2 since losing center Anthony Davis to a broken hand. Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (ankle) is questionable against Denver.

The Nuggets took two of three from New Orleans a season ago and are unbeaten in the past three matchups as the host in this series.

12/15 10:41:35 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
4th
DET 82
DAL 96
 
4th
BOS 97
ORL 86
 
4th
MIA 61
UTA 77
 
3rd
TOR 60
BRK 62
 
2nd
SAN 35
MEM 48
 
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POR
MIL
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DEN
HOU
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LAC
IND
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
 
2nd
UNCW 61
LIB 57
 
2nd
LOYC 55
ABCHRIST 37
 
2nd
MURST 65
ALCOR 39
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 50
CMICH 59
 
2nd
WKENT 57
CHIST 43
 
2nd
ODU 42
UGST 44
 
2nd
SMU 43
ILLCH 34
 
2nd
LALAF 97
MLGN 64
 
2nd
TULSA 58
MIZST 58
 
2nd
UWGB 45
MORE 31
 
2nd
NEOM 67
NCOL 49
 
2nd
TTU 71
SCST 28
 
2nd
DEN 53
TAMCC 41
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 49
TXPA 41
 
Half
MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 45
TENNM 42
 
1st
MSU 17
EMICH 12
 
1st
GRCN 31
INCWORD 28
 
1st
STAN 15
LMU 24
 
1st
BAY 20
NMST 18
 
1st
CIN 12
SDST 18
 
1st
AUB 21
WINT 9
 
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NMU
CARK
 
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PEPP
HOW
 
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CPSL
NE
 
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UNLV
PORT
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OREG
CSNO
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WASH
GRAM
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
 
2nd
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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VAN
DAL