Nuggets end road woes with 113-99 win over Bobcats
Posted at: 02/23/2013 10:08 PM
By STEVE REED
(AP) CHARLOTTE, N.C. - JaVale McGee had 17 points, including seven dunks, and the Denver Nuggets snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 113-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
The Nuggets hadn’t won on the road since Jan. 23 but scored 66 points in the paint behind 14 dunks to snap the skid.
Ty Lawson had nine of his 20 points in the final quarter and handed out five assists as the Nuggets broke open a close game early in the fourth with a flurry of fast-break points. Kenneth Faried finished with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Corey Brewer had 14 and Andre Iguodala chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Kemba Walker recorded his fourth straight 20-point game for the Bobcats, finishing with 24 on 9-of-14 shooting.
The Nuggets (35-22), who came in having lost four of their last five overall, led 83-74 entering the fourth quarter.
That’s when Lawson took over, repeatedly driving to the hole for easy baskets. Forced to defend Lawson, the Nuggets moved the ball well, resulting in some easy alley-oop dunks for McGee and others.
Lawson finally sealed it with about five minutes to play when he put the ball between his legs, freezing Walker, and drove to the basket to score and draw the foul to push the lead to 15.
The Nuggets came in third in the league in scoring and got their high-flying act in gear with nine dunks in the first half to build a 60-54 lead at the break.
McGee had eight points in the first half, all on slams, and the Nuggets shot 57 percent from the field. Denver’s starters set the tone early, shooting 15 of 22 in the first half and scoring 34 points in the paint.
Denver shot 53 percent for the game.
Gerald Henderson had 19 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 for the Bobcats, who have lost 11 of their last 13 _ including three straight at home.
Things won’t get much easier for the NBA-worst Bobcats (13-43) as they depart on the four-game trip beginning Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Josh McRoberts, acquired in a trade with Orlando earlier in the week, saw his first action for the Bobcats and had three rebounds but didn’t score.
Ben Gordon returned to the floor for the Bobcats after being held out of Friday night’s game against Chicago, but failed to score in 11 minutes.
Byron Mullens, who had been on fire in recent weeks, was sluggish for the second straight night. Over the past two games, Mullens is 2 of 21 from the field for six points.
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