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Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Wilson Chandler returned to Denver's lineup and helped the Nuggets pull away in the fourth quarter for a 111-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chandler strained his right hamstring on the second day of training camp and had not played in Denver's first six contests. He was a much-needed addition off the bench -- 12 points and five rebounds -- for a club that had not won consecutive games until Wednesday.

Timofey Mozgov tied a career high with 23 points, Kenneth Faried added 21 points and 13 rebounds and Ty Lawson contributed 19 points and seven assists in the victory.

Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Steve Blake each recorded double-doubles in a losing effort. Hill made a case to stay in the starting lineup with an 18- point, 15-rebound effort. Gasol finished with 25 points and 12 boards and Blake logged 15 points and 11 assists.

The Lakers were playing the second game of a back-to-back after rolling to a convincing win over New Orleans. They stayed within striking distance Wednesday but did not have the legs down the stretch, hitting just 25 percent (6-of-24) from the floor over the final 12 minutes.

Chandler hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 10-0 run that turned a six-point game into a 103-87 Nuggets lead with 5:04 remaining.

"With everybody healthy, we're a pretty good team. We can play with the best of them," Chandler said.

The closest LA got from there was a dozen.

"If you give this team momentum at home they take full advantage of it, and that's what happened," Blake said.

The Lakers scored the game's first eight points, but the early lead didn't last long. Denver responded with a 15-2 run during the middle stages and led by as many as 10 before Nick Young drained a late 3-pointer to cut LA's deficit to 33-28 heading to the second.

Denver put in 10 of the first 12 points in the second quarter, only to have the Lakers take the blow and rally back just before the break. The visitors were within two at one point and went into the locker room trailing 60-54

That's the way it went in the third, with the Nuggets failing to put the nail in the coffin as the Lakers scored the final six points of the frame to get within 83-79 going into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Lakers' bench, one day after totaling 56 points against the Pelicans, combined for just 28 ... Denver's reserves had 51 points ... The Nuggets held a 60-32 advantage in points in the paint and scored 17 more second-chance points (36-19) ... Denver has won four straight meetings with the Lakers.

11/14 01:17:27 ET

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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
 
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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
 
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
9th
COL 9
PHI 10
 
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
3rd
BOS 0
BAL 3
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
2nd
CHI 33
WAS 37
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
1st Intermission
MON 1
TAM 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3