The Denver Nuggets did not blow out the lowly New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, but steady play allowed them to outlast them in a 110-97 victory in the Pepsi Center. As often happen with the Nuggets, it was the supporting cast that carried the team, with Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington putting up huge numbers. Afflalo led the team in scoring with 28 points on 9-13 shooting, and Harrington contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, both of which were an invaluable boost on a night in which Nene, Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari were all relatively quiet.
The Nuggets decimated the Hornets' defense for most of the night, finishing the game having shot 56% from the field despite going 6-23 from three point range. Gallinari (along with Harrington, despite his 20 points) was the main offender as it pertains to the latter, as he shot 1-5 from three, which contributed to his dismal 3-10 night from the field as he works back from injury.
Denver will take Saturday off before hosting the Memphis Grizzlies at 6 p.m. MT on Sunday night.
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