The Denver Nuggets out-scored the Houston Rockets 31-23 in the third quarter to grab a 75-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter at the Toyota Center. The two teams entered the game in the final two spots in the Western Conference playoff race.
Denver was led by shooting guard Arron Afflalo, who ends the third with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Ty Lawson has 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting for the Nuggets. Danilo Gallinari (11 points) and JaVale McGee (nine points) have also played well for George Karl's team.
Houston is led by Courtney Lee, who has 18 points and five rebounds. Point guard Goran Dragic has 16 points and five assists. Rookie forward Chandler Parsons has 11 points for Houston.