DENVER, Nov. 29 (Ticker) -- Jeff Bzdelik
's defensive scheme suffocated
and frustrated the New Orleans Hornets in the fourth quarter of
a record-setting performance.
hit a pair of 3-pointers to start a 15-2 run over
the final eight minutes, helping the Denver Nuggets to a 76-67
victory over New Orleans.
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The points allowed was an all-time Denver franchise best. Denver
had held three teams to 70 points. The most recent was the Los
Angeles Clippers on Nov. 22, 2002.
The Hornets were 4-of-17 shooting and scored a season-low eight
points in the final 12 minutes as they lost for the 12th time in
13 games this season, the franchise's slowest-ever start.
"I wasn't happy with our shot selection in the fourth quarter,"
Hornets coach Byron Scott
said. "Our guys are not shooting the
ball with confidence and we can't close out games because of the
Russell made all four of his 3-pointers in the second half and
, despite playing with back spasms, grabbed all six
of his rebounds in the final period.
"We needed that," Russell said. "Everybody stepped up and I
just happened to step up at the right time when we needed it."
Denver played without Carmelo Anthony
, who suffered a sprained
right ankle against the Houston Rockets on Saturday, ending his
regular-season playing streak at 95. The Nuggets are hopeful he
can play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
came off the bench to score 18 of his 22 points in
the first half for the Nuggets, who led 42-39 at intermission.
He hit long-range jumpers to end each of the first two quarters
in his third highest-scoring game of the season.
"I give them (New Orleans) credit for coming out and playing
hard," Boykins said. "Defensively, we were able to keep our
guys in front of us and keep them on the perimeter, contest
their shots and rebound."
scored 14 points and Marcus Camby
rebounds for Denver, which has won six of its last seven and has
a 7-3 home record.
"We didn't let them shoot that well," Miller said. "It was a
good team effort by everybody to make the final push at the
led New Orleans with 16 points. P.J. Brown
and Junior Harrington
Hornets center Jamaal Magloire
missed his second game with a
dislocated right ring finger and will be out up to three months.
New Orleans also has been without guard Baron Davis
"It's something we're used to," Brown said. "We've always had
guys injured. Two of our main guys are out and it's tough. But
that's the way it is. The main thing is that we come out and
play hard and we have to finish ballgames."
New Orleans ended its five-game road trip 1-4 and faces Sacramento on Wednesday at home, where the Hornets are winless
in six games.