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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets controls the ball against Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls at Pepsi Center on November 25, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER -- Ty Lawson scored 20 points, including a key jumper in the waning seconds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls 114-109 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

Arron Afflalo added 19 points and Danilo Gallinari had 15 for the Nuggets, who defeated the Bulls for the eighth straight time in Denver.

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was limited to 10 minutes in his second game back from a left hamstring strain. Rose, who scored 18 points in his return Monday night against Utah after a four-game absence, felt tightness in the hamstring during the first quarter and didn't play the rest of the way.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans and DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings look on during the game on November 25, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS -- DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals, leading the Sacramento Kings to a 99-89 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

Omri Casspi also scored 22 for Sacramento, which has won three in a row. Casspi, who made his first start of the season in place of the injured Rudy Gay, was with New Orleans for a brief stretch this offseason before being released in a salary-cap move.

New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was held to 14 points after he scored 28 in a victory over the Kings last Tuesday. He also had nine rebounds and blocked two shots.

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MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 25: Brandon Knight #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against D.J. Augustin #14 of the Detroit Pistons on November 25, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Knight had 20 points and eight assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

O.J. Mayo, making his first start of the season, added 17 points as Milwaukee (8-7) avoided its first three-game slide of the season. Rookie Jabari Parker contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.

Detroit (3-11) has lost five in a row and eight of nine.

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MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a play during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 25, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI -- Stephen Curry scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Golden State scored 14 straight points to open a 107-95 lead with 2:50 to go. Curry and Thompson capped the run with consecutive 3-pointers.

Thompson had 24 points for the Warriors, who shot 57 percent. Curry was 12 for 19 from the field, including an 8-for-11 performance from 3-point range.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 25: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks drives to the basket against Andre Miller #24 of the Washington Wizards on November 25, 2014 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- Surely, everybody can't have a so-so night. At some point, in an NBA game, somebody has to develop that hot hand that leads one team or the other toward victory, right?

It wasn't until the start of the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards that some difference-makers finally made a difference. Hawks reserves Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack proved up to the task, scoring 16 straight Atlanta points to spur a 106-102 win.

"We kind of got into a rhythm," Mack said. "I've been kind of struggling all season, off and on, but we were able to make some plays."

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The injury-ravaged Lakers, who are 3-11 for the season, can use the exception to sign or trade for a player. They were previously awarded a $1.5 million disabled player exception for rookie Julius Randle, who is out for the season with a broken leg.

The two exceptions, which both expire March 10, cannot be combined.

Nash, who only played 65 games in two-plus seasons with the Lakers because of injuries, has not announced his retirement but is in the final year of his contract that pays him $9.7 million this season. He can still be used in a trade.

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"That's not the answer," James said Tuesday on reports of rioting in Ferguson. "What does that do? What does that actually do? Just hurt more families, hurt more people, draw more attention to things that shouldn't even be going on instead of people going to the family's household and praying with them. And saying, 'Things are going to be great.' You know, 'Mike Brown is in a better place now,' and 'Trayvon Martin is in a better place now.' That's where it should be. I mean, burning down things and shooting up things and running cars into places and stealing and stuff like that, what does that do? It doesn't make you happy."

James initially responded to the news on Monday night by posting a cartoon depiction on Instagram of Brown with his arm wrapped around Martin walking toward a heavenly light.

Back in March 2012, James and then-teammate Dwyane Wade organized a photo including the entire Miami Heat team wearing hooded sweatshirts -- the same style of hoodie Martin was wearing when he was shot by George Zimmerman -- and posted it to social media along with the hashtag #wearetrayvonmartin.

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