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NBA: Nuggets stymie Harden, Rockets

2012-11-08T11:00:00Z NBA: Nuggets stymie Harden, RocketsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 08, 2012 11:00 am  • 

HOUSTON — Ty Lawson scored 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets to a 93-87 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

James Harden had a tough night for the Rockets and finished with a season-low 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting.

A dunk by Andre Iguodala put Denver up by six, before a pair of free throws by Jeremy Lin made it 91-87 with 1:21 remaining.

Faried blocked a layup attempt by Harden and Chandler Parsons missed a 3-pointer seconds later. Faried got the rebound on the miss and dunked it on the other end to secure the win.      

Jazz 95, Lakers 86: Al Jefferson scored 18 points and Randy Foye added 17 on five 3-pointers to lift Utah past the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe Bryant entered the game shooting nearly 60 percent but started 3 of 10 and finished 7 of 17 for 29 points as the Lakers fell to 1-4.

Suns 117, Bobcats 110: Shannon Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 24 points to lead Phoenix.

Marcin Gortat had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns. Michael Beasley added 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Brown’s sharp shooting offset a terrific night for Charlotte’s Byron Mullens, who hit six 3-pointers of his own and finished with 24 points and eight rebounds.

Heat 103, Nets 73: Dwyane Wade scored 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting, LeBron James finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the Miami Heat improved to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.

James had 20 points and 12 rebounds in only 30 minutes, and Rashard Lewis scored 13 points for the Heat (4-1). Miami — which plays its next six games on the road — has won its four home games by an average of 17.8 points.

Kris Humphries had a double-double by halftime, then was silent in the second half and finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets (1-2).

Clippers 106, Spurs 84: DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin each had double-digit points and rebounds while leading a dunkfest in Los Angeles’ victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who lost for the first time this season.

Danny Green scored 12 points and Tim Duncan added 10 for the Spurs, whose 4-0 start was the best in franchise history.

Hawks 89, Pacers 86: Kyle Korver scored eight straight points in a late 18-0 run as the Hawks rallied from 14 points down early in the fourth quarter.

David West and George Hill each had 20 for the Pacers.

Timberwolves 90, Magic 75: Luke Ridnour had 19 points and five rebounds, and Greg Stiemsma got Minnesota’s rout started with six straight points to end the third quarter. Stiemsma finished with 12 points and five rebounds, and Derrick Williams added 14 points and six boards for the Timberwolves, who are 3-1 for the first time since 2001.

J.J. Redick had 16 points, but the Magic shot just 35 percent and turned the ball over 20 times to lose their second straight game.

Celtics 100, Wizards 94, OT: Brandon Bass scored five straight points in overtime, helping Boston (2-2) win the back end of a home-and-home with Washington.

Bradley Beal, Kevin Seraphin and Martell Webster each scored 16 points for the Wizards (0-3).

Grizzlies 108, Bucks 90: Zach Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Memphis shot 53 percent from the floor in a win over Milwaukee.

Milwaukee, which was looking to start 3-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, shot just 38.5 percent from the field. Brandon Jennings led the Bucks with 19 points.

76ers 77, Hornets 62: Jrue Holiday had 14 points and 12 assists, and Philadelphia held New Orleans to its lowest point total ever.

Al-Farouq Aminu was the only Hornets player to score in double figures with 10 points to go with 16 rebounds. The Hornets, who lost for the first time in three games, played without first-round draft choices Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. Davis was not cleared to return from a recent concussion and Rivers had a sprained finger.

Mavericks 109, Raptors 104: O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman each scored 22 points as short-handed Dallas won its third straight.

Dallas played without forwards Shawn Marion and Elton Brand. Marion was sidelined with a sprained left knee ligament, and Brand left the team for the birth of his second child.

Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points for Toronto.

Warriors 106, Cavaliers 96: David Lee played through an illness to finish with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, and Golden State outlasted the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kyrie Irving had 28 points and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who played without two of their top big men. First-round pick Tyler Zeller was sent back to Cleveland for further concussion tests and Anderson Varejao sat out with soreness in his bruised right knee.

Kings 105, Pistons 103: DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help Sacramento hold off the winless Detroit Pistons.

Greg Monroe had his first triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists for the Pistons, who fell to 0-5. Monroe became the first NBA player this season to record a triple-double.

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