The Nuggets battled back in the fourth quarter, led by Ty Lawson, but it proved to be too little too late. Lawson finished the game with 25 points (11-of-17 shooting) and seven assists. Kenneth Faried scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Outside of those two, the Nuggets didn't have a good night shooting from its starters. Danilo Gallinari finished the game with 13 points, but he was 5-of-18 from the field. Arron Afflalo missed all five three-point shots he attempted, but the entire team was just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc.
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