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Chandler leads Nuggets past Cavs 126-113

March 23, 2017

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chamdler against Cleveland counterpart LeBron James.DENVER -- LeBron James's forgettable night included some statistical oddities like going minus-30 in 34 minutes and being the only player on either team to miss a free throw.

In East-leading Cleveland's stunningly thorough 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, James saw his Cavaliers get outscored 70-30 in the paint.

And the most painful of those points had to be from Nikola Jokic, who backed down James in the paint in a pivotal third-quarter possession, fending off plenty of contact for a hook shot that rocked the Pepsi Center.

"Nikola is not going to back down from anybody, and I think you've seen that from our team a little bit, whether we're playing Golden State, Cleveland, Boston, whoever it is, we're not going to back down," coach Michael Malone said after his Nuggets increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West....

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Harden hits layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift Rockets

March 21, 2017

Trailing by a point and with the clock winding down, James Harden goes coast-to-coast for the layup for the winning basket as part of his 39 points in the Rockets' dramatic win.HOUSTON -- James Harden isn't necessarily known for his speed. That said, he felt extremely fast on his coast-to-coast drive in the fading seconds Monday night.

"I was running so fast," Harden said. "I felt like I was Usain Bolt."

Harden drove the length of the floor for a layup with 2.4 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets over the Denver Nuggets 125-124....

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Barton, Murray each score 22, Nuggets beat Lakers 129-101

March 14, 2017

Jamal Murray had 22 points in Nuggets win over LakersDENVER -- Will Barton and Jamal Murray scored 22 points apiece and the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 129-101 on Monday night for their third win in a row, matching a season high.

Danilo Gallinari and Nikola Jokic each added 18 points for the Nuggets, who have a two-game lead over Portland for the No. 8 playoff seed in the Western Conference with 15 games to play.

Ivica Zubac had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost 10 of their last 11. Jordan Clarkson, who got the start ahead of D'Angelo Russell, added 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 14....

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Murray's big 4th quarter helps Nuggets hold off Kings 105-92

March 12, 2017

Denver Nuggets rookie Jamal Murray.SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Jamal Murray scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 105-92 on Saturday night.

Gary Harris had 24 points, Nikola Jokic added 20 points and 14 rebounds and Danilo Gallinari scored 15 as the Nuggets beat the Kings for the second time in six days to even the season series between the teams.

It was also Denver coach Mike Malone's second straight win over his former team after going 0-4 against Sacramento....

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Jokic has strong game in return, Nuggets beat Celtics 119-99

March 11, 2017

Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic.DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets were glad to have Nikola Jokic back and even happier with the return of their defense.

Jokic had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in his return to the lineup, and the Nuggets clamped down in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 119-99 on Friday night.

Jokic played 27 minutes after missing two games because of illness. Wilson Chandler had 23 points and eight rebounds for the Nuggets, and Danilo Gallinari returned from sitting out Wednesday's game with vertigo to score 20 points....

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