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Recap

Undermanned Nuggets serve up tough loss to Rockets


By MICHAEL MURPHY, for NBA.com
Posted Thursday January 28, 2010 1:27AM

HOUSTON (NBA.com exclusive) -- Turns out that J.R. Smith was the one doing the serving Wednesday.

Smith, who arrived in Houston under the threat of being served with court papers for non-payment of legal fees, took care of that bit of business before the game by making a payment on his debt.

He then took care of business against the Houston Rockets, serving up 22 points to carry the shorthanded Nuggets to a hard-earned 97-92 victory before 16,357 at Toyota Center.

It was the Nuggets' eighth consecutive win, their 10th in 11 games and their second straight without Carmelo Anthony, the league's second leading scorer, who was on the bench with a sprained left ankle. But Smith served notice midway through the fourth quarter that Anthony -- and his 29.7-point average -- would not be an excuse for a loss in this game.

Smith nailed consecutive 3-pointers midway through the fourth-quarter to break open a close game -- and break the Rockets' backs.

"It was a fourth-quarter type of game," said Denver coach George Karl. "One of those [Smith 3-pointers] was the kind at the end of the shot clock, which breaks your heart because you play 22 seconds of good defense and then a 3 ball goes in.

"It was a gutsy win on our part, us playing without Melo and really not playing a great or even a good game. It was a good win to steal for us, and hopefully we can continue this [winning] trip in Oklahoma City."

For Smith, it seemed to be no big deal.

"Whenever the shot clock runs down or it's the end of the quarter, I always seem to find the ball in my hands," said Smith, who scored 11 of his points in the final period. "I try to get used to making big plays at the end (of the clock)."

Someone needed to make a shot, and Smith felt that he might as well be the one, even if those shots are a good four feet beyond the 3-point line.

"When I'm in rhythm, anywhere in the gym [is in range]," Smith said. "When I step over halfcourt, if I'm in rhythm I can make them."

Rhythm was hard to come by in this game, which was played to a background theme of referees' whistles. The Rockets were whistled for 30 personal fouls, leading to 39 free throws for Denver, which made 29. The Rockets made only 13 of 19 foul shots.

But the Nuggets earned their free throws by going inside early, exploiting either Nene, who simply overpowered the smaller Rockets for 18 points, or Kenyon Martin, who used his quickness -- and an effective jump hook -- to finish with 12 points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots.

"Kenyon has been playing very well at both ends of the court," said Denver point guard Chauncey Billups, who finished with 21 points. "He can score inside on the low block, and that really helps our offense out. He has been phenomenal for us."

The Nuggets were far from phenomenal early in this game, falling behind by 15 points in the first quarter, with the final 2.9 seconds perhaps the most maddening for Karl.

Martin started the sequence with an ill-advised 3-pointer, and Smith foolishly fouled Trevor Ariza on the rebound, giving the Rockets two free throws with 1.4 seconds to play. After making his second foul shot, Ariza stole Chris Andersen's lazy inbound pass and banked in an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to put the Rockets up 31-16.

"It wasn't easy, the way we started and the way we gave them confidence," said Karl of having to come back for the win. "But the beginning of the second quarter was great for us. Our bench did a good job of getting back in control defensively."

The Rockets were hamstrung early when leading scorer Aaron Brooks was limited to six first-half minutes (and just 20 overall) because of foul problems. Brooks scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, but it only served to keep the Nuggets from completely running away with the game.

Luis Scola did what he could, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds, but he got a little help from Trevor Ariza (19 points, but only 8-of-21 shooting), Carl Landry (seven points) and Kyle Lowry (10 points, 3-of-9 shooting).

"We've talked about this all year long, about finding people to go to (for big shots), and that's our problem right now," said Houston coach Rick Adelman. "We have to find people to step up when the game is one the line. Tonight, they (the Nuggets) did a better job of that in the fourth quarter."

Especially Smith.

The Nuggets led 83-80 with just over six minutes to play in the game when Billups hit Smith for a deep 3-pointer. On the Nuggets next possession, Billups again found Smith, this time with the shot clock running down.

No problem.

Smith drained a 29-footer that put the Nuggets up 89-80, and the Rockets never recovered, dropping their third straight game -- all at home.

"I love it," Smith said. "Houston is always a great place to play and they have great fans, but the best feeling in the world is to hear the people go quiet."

Nuggets
Rockets
     
    • 44.4%

    • 43.4%

    • 23.5%

    • 36.8%

    • 74.4%

    • 68.4%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN HOU
Total Rebounds 12 6
Offensive Rebounds 8 9
Turnovers 16 16
Fast Break Pts: 7 14
Biggest Lead: 9 15
Points in the Paint: 48 48
DEN HOU
p Smith   22 Brooks   22
rb Martin   15 Scola   11
a Billups   4 Lowry   7
s 3 players   3 2 players   2
b Martin   2 Hayes   2
 
  • 10/30 - DEN @ HOU
  • 01/03 - HOU @ DEN
  • 02/07 - HOU @ DEN
  • 02/14 - DEN @ HOU
Denver Nuggets (53-29)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
J. Graham F-G 18:44 2-6 0-2 3-4 -5 0 2 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 7
K. Martin F 35:29 6-12 0-1 0-0 -18 3 12 15 0 4 1 0 2 0 12
N. Nene C 35:00 6-7 0-0 6-9 +17 1 4 5 1 4 3 5 0 0 18
A. Afflalo G 24:33 0-7 0-1 2-2 -19 2 4 6 0 4 0 3 0 2 2
C. Billups G 39:05 7-16 1-4 6-8 +7 0 4 4 4 5 3 5 0 1 21
J. Smith   38:00 7-16 3-8 5-8 +18 0 5 5 2 2 3 2 0 0 22
C. Andersen   25:22 1-1 0-0 5-6 +14 1 7 8 0 1 0 1 1 0 7
T. Lawson   23:47 3-7 0-1 2-2 +11 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 2 8
M. Allen   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. Balkman   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Carter   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Petro   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 32-72 4-17 29-39   8 38 46 7 27 11 16 3 5 97
  44.4% 23.5% 74.4%   team rebs: 12 total to: 17
Houston Rockets (42-40)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
S. Battier F 25:14 1-7 0-2 0-0 -3 2 3 5 0 5 0 0 1 0 2
L. Scola F-C 38:54 7-16 0-0 6-8 +14 3 8 11 2 4 2 4 1 1 20
C. Hayes C-F 26:45 4-6 0-0 0-0 -10 1 3 4 1 2 0 2 2 1 8
T. Ariza G 38:22 8-21 2-6 1-2 +10 1 9 10 3 3 2 0 0 1 19
A. Brooks G 20:20 8-11 5-6 1-2 -9 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 22
K. Lowry   36:01 3-9 0-4 4-6 -3 1 2 3 7 3 1 4 0 0 10
C. Budinger   24:47 1-5 0-1 0-0 -8 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 2
C. Landry   21:23 3-7 0-0 1-1 -13 1 1 2 0 5 0 4 0 0 7
D. Andersen   08:14 1-1 0-0 0-0 -3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 2
B. Cook   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Dorsey   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Taylor   00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total   240 36-83 7-19 13-19   9 30 39 13 30 5 16 5 3 92
  43.4% 36.8% 68.4%   team rebs: 6 total to: 16

inactive

  • Nuggets: Anthony
  • Rockets: McGrady, Ming

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: --
  • Rockets: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 7
  • Times Tied: 9

arena stats

  • Arena: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
  • Officials: #25 Tony Brothers, #46 Matt Boland, #64 Eli Roe
  • Attendance: 16357
  • Duration: 2:24
Denver Nuggets (31-14) Houston Rockets (24-21)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Scola vs Nene (Martin gains possession)
Nene Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  11:44  
  11:42 Ariza Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:26
[HOU 2-0]
Scola Jump Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Afflalo Pullup Jump shot: Missed  10:59  
Team Rebound  10:59  
Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover  10:58  
  10:39
[HOU 4-0]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Billups Running Jump Shot: Missed  10:31  
  10:30 Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:23
[HOU 6-0]
Scola Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Ariza (1 AST) 
Graham 3pt Shot: Missed  10:05  
  10:04 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:46 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:44  
  09:38 Brooks Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  09:28 Brooks Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  09:28
[DEN 1-6]
 
  09:28 Brooks Substitution replaced by Lowry 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  09:28
[DEN 2-6]
 
  09:22
[HOU 8-2]
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Graham Pullup Jump shot: Missed  09:08  
  09:06 Scola Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:46 Hayes Turnover : Traveling (1 TO) 
Martin Jump Hook Shot: Missed  08:23  
  08:21 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:18
[HOU 10-4]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Lowry (1 AST) 
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  08:01  
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  07:59  
  07:57 Lowry Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Afflalo Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  07:57
[DEN 5-10]
 
Afflalo Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  07:57
[DEN 6-10]
 
  07:41
[HOU 12-4]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Nene Turnover : Traveling (1 TO)  07:30  
  07:20
[HOU 14-4]
Scola Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Billups Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:20  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  07:20  
  07:20 Scola Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  07:20  
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  07:05  
Team Rebound  07:04  
Team Timeout : Regular  07:04  
Graham Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  06:54
[DEN 6-14]
 
  06:38 Scola Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Nene (1 ST) 
Smith Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Scola (1 ST)  06:27  
  06:21
[HOU 17-6]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Lowry (2 AST) 
Instant Replay - Overturn Ruling  06:21  
Billups Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Nene (1 AST)  06:03
[DEN 8-16]
 
  05:50 Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
  05:49 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  05:49 Scola Tip Shot: Missed 
  05:45 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  05:44  
  05:29 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  05:27  
Graham Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  05:15  
  05:14 Hayes Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Martin Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:10  
  05:10
[HOU 17-8]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  05:10
[HOU 18-8]
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  04:56 Scola Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Graham Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  04:56
[DEN 9-18]
 
Graham Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  04:56
[DEN 10-18]
 
  04:38 Battier Jump Hook Shot: Missed 
Graham Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:36  
Billups Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Scola (1 BLK)  04:27  
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  04:25  
Martin Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS)  04:24
[DEN 12-18]
 
Graham Foul : Personal (1 PF)  04:18  
  04:18 Battier Substitution replaced by Budinger 
  04:18 Hayes Substitution replaced by Landry 
  04:08 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:07  
Smith Pullup Jump shot: Missed  03:59  
  03:57 Lowry Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  03:51 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  03:49 Lowry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  03:43 Lowry Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Graham (1 ST) 
Billups Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS)  03:33
[DEN 14-18]
 
  03:06 Scola Finger Roll Layup Shot: Missed 
  03:04 Landry Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  03:04
[HOU 20-14]
Landry Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Graham Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  03:04  
Graham Substitution replaced by Afflalo  03:04  
  03:04
[HOU 21-14]
Landry Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Martin Jump Hook Shot: Missed  02:47  
  02:46 Landry Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  02:36
[HOU 23-14]
Budinger Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Scola (1 AST) 
Martin Driving Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  02:20
[DEN 16-23]
 
  02:02 Scola Hook Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:00  
  01:54 Budinger Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  01:54 Team Timeout : Regular 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  01:54  
Team Rebound  01:54  
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  01:54  
  01:54 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:34  
  01:34 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
  01:34
[HOU 25-16]
Lowry Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  01:34
[HOU 26-16]
Lowry Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  01:21  
  01:19 Lowry Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  01:11 Lowry Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Billups (1 ST) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  01:02  
  01:00 Budinger Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Billups Substitution replaced by Lawson  00:50.4  
  00:39.9 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  00:38.9  
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:32.9  
  00:31.9 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  00:23.1
[HOU 28-16]
Landry Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Ariza (2 AST) 
Martin 3pt Shot: Missed  00:02.9  
  00:01.4 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Smith Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  00:01.4  
  00:01.4 Ariza Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:01.4 Team Rebound 
  00:01.4
[HOU 29-16]
Ariza Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
Andersen Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Ariza (1 ST)  00:01.4  
  00:00.0
[HOU 31-16]
Ariza Jump Bank Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Instant Replay - Support Ruling  00:00.0  
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (31-14) Houston Rockets (24-21)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:34 Budinger Layup Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  11:32  
Lawson Layup Shot: Missed  11:30  
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  11:28  
Andersen Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:28
[DEN 18-31]
 
  11:15 Lowry Jump Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:13  
Nene Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:00
[DEN 20-31]
 
  10:41 Landry Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  10:40  
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed  10:33  
  10:32 Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  10:30 Lowry Turnover : Poss Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 
  10:23 Andersen Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Nene Substitution replaced by Billups  10:23  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Nene  10:23  
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:11
[DEN 22-31]
 
  10:00 Team Timeout : Regular 
  09:53
[HOU 33-22]
Brooks Pullup Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS)  09:32
[DEN 24-33]
 
  09:32 Andersen Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Lawson  09:32  
Andersen Violation:Lane  09:32  
Nene Free Throw 1 of 1 (5 PTS)  09:32
[DEN 25-33]
 
  09:16
[HOU 35-25]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
  09:05 Landry Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  09:05 Andersen Substitution replaced by Hayes 
Nene Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS)  08:50
[DEN 27-35]
 
  08:36 Landry Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Billups (2 ST) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Lowry (1 ST)  08:32  
  08:27 Budinger 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  08:25  
Lawson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hayes (1 BLK)  08:19  
Lawson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:18  
Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:12
[DEN 29-35]
 
  08:04 Landry Foul : Offensive (2 PF) 
  08:04 Landry Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  08:04 Lowry Substitution replaced by Battier 
  07:51 Brooks Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  07:51 Brooks Substitution replaced by Lowry 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS)  07:42
[DEN 31-35]
 
  07:42 Hayes Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 1 (10 PTS)  07:42
[DEN 32-35]
 
Billups Foul : Personal (2 PF)  07:24  
  07:17 Budinger Layup Shot: Missed 
  07:16 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  07:14
[HOU 37-32]
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  06:51 Battier Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  06:51
[DEN 33-37]
 
  06:51 Budinger Substitution replaced by Scola 
  06:51 Landry Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  06:51
[DEN 34-37]
 
  06:36 Hayes Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Smith Slam Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:32
[DEN 36-37]
 
Nene Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  06:09  
  06:09 Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  06:09 Team Rebound 
  06:09
[HOU 38-36]
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Nene Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  05:55  
  05:55 Timeout : Regular 
  05:38 Scola Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Nene (2 ST) 
  05:37 Hayes Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  05:37
[DEN 37-38]
 
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  05:37
[DEN 38-38]
 
  05:21 Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (1 BLK) 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  05:19  
  05:16 Battier Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Martin  05:16  
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  05:16
[DEN 39-38]
 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  05:16
[DEN 40-38]
 
  05:01
[HOU 40-40]
Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Smith Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  04:40  
Smith Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  04:40  
  04:20
[HOU 42-40]
Hayes Reverse Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Lowry (3 AST) 
  04:12 Scola Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 (11 PTS)  04:12
[DEN 41-42]
 
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS)  04:12
[DEN 42-42]
 
  03:56
[HOU 44-42]
Hayes Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Lowry (4 AST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  03:42  
  03:41 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  03:29 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  03:26  
Nene Foul : Offensive (2 PF)  03:24  
Nene Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  03:24  
  03:02
[HOU 46-42]
Battier Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  02:50 Lowry Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:50  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Afflalo  02:50  
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:50  
Team Rebound  02:50  
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS)  02:50
[DEN 43-46]
 
  02:28 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  02:27  
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS)  02:22
[DEN 46-46]
 
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  02:14  
  02:11 Ariza Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  02:10  
Billups Jump Shot: Missed  01:59  
  01:57 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  01:41 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  01:40  
Martin Hook Shot: Missed  01:28  
  01:26 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:4) 
  01:23
[HOU 48-46]
Ariza Driving Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Lowry (5 AST) 
  01:08 Ariza Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
  01:08 Hayes Substitution replaced by Landry 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  01:08
[DEN 47-48]
 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  01:08
[DEN 48-48]
 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:46.8  
  00:46.8 Lowry Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  00:46.8 Team Rebound 
  00:46.8
[HOU 49-48]
Lowry Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Afflalo Driving Layup Shot: Missed  00:35.9  
  00:34.9 Battier Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Billups Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  00:29.6  
  00:29.6
[HOU 50-48]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Billups Substitution replaced by Lawson  00:29.6  
  00:29.6
[HOU 51-48]
Scola Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
  00:08.0 Battier Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:08.0
[DEN 49-51]
 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS)  00:08.0
[DEN 50-51]
 
  00:01.9 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  00:00.0  
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (31-14) Houston Rockets (24-21)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
Graham Foul : Personal (3 PF)  11:44  
  11:39
[HOU 54-50]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Hayes (1 AST) 
Graham 3pt Shot: Missed  11:11  
  11:10 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  11:01 Scola Hook Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:59  
  10:51 Battier Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Graham Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  10:51  
Team Rebound  10:51  
  10:51 Battier Substitution replaced by Budinger 
Graham Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS)  10:51
[DEN 51-54]
 
  10:42
[HOU 57-51]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Ariza (3 AST) 
  10:21 Brooks Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 3 (12 PTS)  10:21
[DEN 52-57]
 
  10:21 Brooks Substitution replaced by Lowry 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 3 (13 PTS)  10:21
[DEN 53-57]
 
Billups Free Throw 3 of 3 Missed  10:21  
  10:21 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  10:05 Ariza Turnaround Fade Away shot: Missed 
Graham Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:04  
Nene Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  09:54  
Nene Turnover : Foul (4 TO)  09:54  
  09:34 Scola Layup Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:1 Def:8)  09:33  
Billups Jump Shot: Made (15 PTS)  09:23
[DEN 55-57]
 
  09:23 Budinger Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  09:23  
  09:23 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:5) 
  09:15 Hayes Layup Shot: Missed Block: Martin (1 BLK) 
  09:15 Team Rebound 
Martin Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  09:14  
  09:08 Ariza Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:05  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  08:58  
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:8)  08:57  
Afflalo Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  08:53  
Afflalo Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  08:53  
  08:31
[HOU 59-55]
Hayes Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  08:08  
  08:07 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  07:58 Jump Ball Scola vs Martin (Graham gains possession) 
  07:58 Scola Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Martin (1 ST) 
Graham Slam Dunk Shot: Made (7 PTS)  07:45
[DEN 57-59]
 
Afflalo Foul : Personal (4 PF)  07:31  
  07:23
[HOU 61-57]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
Nene Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS)  07:06
[DEN 59-61]
 
  06:58
[HOU 63-59]
Ariza Layup Shot: Made (16 PTS) 
Afflalo Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (2 TO)  06:40  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  06:40  
  06:27 Ariza Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:25  
Billups Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (2 TO)  06:16  
  06:03 Lowry 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  06:01  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Billups (1 AST)  05:44
[DEN 62-63]
 
Martin Foul : Personal (3 PF)  05:22  
  05:22 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:22 Hayes Substitution replaced by Landry 
  05:07
[HOU 65-62]
Landry Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Lowry (6 AST) 
Martin Turnaround Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS)  04:48
[DEN 64-65]
 
  04:32 Landry Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (3 TO) 
Martin Driving Jump shot: Made (8 PTS)  04:16
[DEN 66-65]
 
  04:01 Budinger Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Billups (3 ST) 
Billups Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS)  03:58
[DEN 68-65]
 
  03:42 Budinger Jump Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:41  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  03:34  
  03:33 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:6) 
  03:25 Lowry Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:9)  03:24  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  03:19  
  03:17 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  03:05 Landry Foul : Offensive (3 PF) 
  03:05 Landry Turnover : Foul (4 TO) 
Nene Substitution replaced by Andersen  03:05  
Martin Hook Shot: Made (10 PTS)  02:48
[DEN 70-65]
 
  02:26
[HOU 67-70]
Scola Running Hook Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Graham Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  02:26  
Team Timeout : Regular  02:26  
  02:26
[HOU 68-70]
Scola Free Throw 1 of 1 (16 PTS) 
  02:12 Landry Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Graham Substitution replaced by Lawson  02:12  
  02:12 Landry Substitution replaced by Andersen 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  01:58  
  01:57 Scola Rebound (Off:1 Def:7) 
  01:37 Ariza Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:10)  01:36  
Billups Foul : Offensive (4 PF)  01:32  
Billups Turnover : Foul (3 TO)  01:32  
Billups Substitution replaced by Afflalo  01:32  
Team Violation : Delay Of Game  01:32  
  01:14
[HOU 70-70]
Andersen Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Scola (2 AST) 
Instant Replay - Support Ruling  01:14  
Martin Jump Shot: Missed  00:52.9  
  00:51.5 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  00:46.4
[HOU 73-70]
Ariza 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Lowry (7 AST) 
  00:37.0 Ariza Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Lawson Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  00:37.0
[DEN 71-73]
 
Lawson Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  00:37.0
[DEN 72-73]
 
  00:18.9 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:17.9 Scola Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
Lawson Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  00:05.0  
  00:05.0
[HOU 74-72]
Lowry Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  00:05.0 Lowry Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:2 Def:11)  00:05.0  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  00:00.0  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 3rd Quarter
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Lawson Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  11:43
[DEN 74-74]
 
  11:17 Battier 3pt Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  11:16  
Smith Pullup Jump shot: Made (13 PTS)  11:02
[DEN 76-74]
 
  10:49
[HOU 76-76]
Brooks Layup Shot: Made (10 PTS) 
Afflalo Turnover : Step Out of Bounds Turnover (3 TO)  10:41  
  10:26
[HOU 79-76]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (13 PTS) 
  10:03 Scola Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Martin Substitution replaced by Nene  10:03  
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  10:03  
Team Rebound  10:03  
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  10:03
[DEN 77-79]
 
  09:51 Budinger Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
Afflalo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (1 BLK)  09:45  
Afflalo Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  09:37  
Afflalo Layup Shot: Missed Block: Battier (1 BLK)  09:34  
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  09:34  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  09:33  
  09:33 Team Rebound 
Andersen Foul : Loose Ball (1 PF)  09:33  
  09:20 Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  09:18  
Lawson Running Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  08:57
[DEN 79-79]
 
  08:53 Team Timeout : Regular 
  08:53 Scola Substitution replaced by Landry 
  08:53 Andersen Substitution replaced by Hayes 
Andersen Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF)  08:40  
  08:40
[HOU 80-79]
Brooks Free Throw Technical (14 PTS) 
  08:28 Landry Jump Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  08:26  
Afflalo Jump Shot: Missed  08:07  
  08:06 Hayes Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:43 Battier Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:40 Battier Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:40 Battier Tip Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  07:39  
Lawson Driving Layup Shot: Missed Block: Hayes (2 BLK)  07:35  
Team Rebound  07:34  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Billups  07:34  
Nene Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Billups (2 AST)  07:31
[DEN 81-80]
 
  07:31 Landry Foul : Shooting (5 PF) 
  07:31 Budinger Substitution replaced by Ariza 
Nene Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  07:31  
  07:31 Ariza Rebound (Off:1 Def:9) 
  07:19 Brooks 3pt Shot: Missed 
  07:17 Battier Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  07:12 Hayes Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  07:11  
Billups Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS)  06:57
[DEN 83-80]
 
  06:38 Landry Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  06:37  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS) Assist: Billups (3 AST)  06:19
[DEN 86-80]
 
  06:04 Battier Layup Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:03  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (19 PTS) Assist: Billups (4 AST)  05:40
[DEN 89-80]
 
  05:40 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:40 Landry Substitution replaced by Scola 
  05:17 Ariza Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:7)  05:15  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  05:06  
  05:04 Brooks Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  04:53
[HOU 82-89]
Scola Jump Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  04:26  
  04:26 Team Rebound 
  04:25 Battier Substitution replaced by Lowry 
  04:25 Hayes Substitution replaced by Landry 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Martin  04:25  
  04:16 Brooks Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  04:15  
  04:00 Scola Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  03:49  
Martin Rebound (Off:3 Def:11)  03:48  
Martin Putback Slam Dunk Shot: Made (12 PTS)  03:48
[DEN 91-82]
 
  03:35 Scola Layup Shot: Missed Block: Martin (2 BLK) 
  03:33 Scola Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
  03:33
[HOU 84-91]
Scola Layup Shot: Made (20 PTS) 
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Made (21 PTS)  03:18
[DEN 93-84]
 
Martin Foul : Personal (4 PF)  03:06  
  02:58 Landry Jump Shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:58  
Timeout : Regular  02:58  
Nene Turnover : Bad Pass (5 TO) Steal:Ariza (2 ST)  02:37  
Lawson Foul : Personal (2 PF)  02:33  
  02:24 Lowry Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Nene (3 ST) 
Billups Turnover : Lost Ball (4 TO) Steal:Scola (2 ST)  02:04  
  02:01 Scola Turnover : Bad Pass (4 TO) Steal:Smith (3 ST) 
Smith Step Back Jump shot: Missed  01:40  
  01:38 Scola Rebound (Off:3 Def:8) 
Lawson Foul : Personal (3 PF)  01:29  
  01:18
[HOU 87-93]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) 
Billups Foul : Offensive (5 PF)  00:58.7  
Billups Turnover : Foul (5 TO)  00:58.7  
  00:50.9 Scola Jump Shot: Missed 
Martin Rebound (Off:3 Def:12)  00:48.9  
  00:48.0 Lowry Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  00:44.2 Ariza Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:44.2  
Team Rebound  00:44.2  
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS)  00:44.2
[DEN 94-87]
 
  00:44.2 Team Timeout : Regular 
Lawson Substitution replaced by Afflalo  00:44.2  
  00:44.2 Scola Substitution replaced by Battier 
  00:40.3
[HOU 89-94]
Brooks Driving Layup Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
Nene Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  00:40.3  
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Lawson  00:40.3  
  00:40.3 Brooks Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  00:40.3  
Smith Running Jump Shot: Made (22 PTS)  00:17.8
[DEN 96-89]
 
  00:10.9 Ariza 3pt Shot: Missed 
Nene Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  00:09.9  
  00:08.7 Battier Foul : Personal (5 PF) 
Martin Substitution replaced by Afflalo  00:08.7  
Nene Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:08.7  
Team Rebound  00:08.7  
Nene Free Throw 2 of 2 (18 PTS)  00:08.7
[DEN 97-89]
 
  00:03.4
[HOU 92-97]
Brooks 3pt Shot: Made (22 PTS) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
DEN
1st Northwest
53
29
6-4
34-7
19-22
HOU
3rd Southwest
42
40
6-4
23-18
19-22
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
DEN
2 players 30.7
2 players 8.5
2 players 6.3
2 players 1.2
2 players 2.0
HOU
Brooks 19.7
Scola 8.6
Brooks 5.3
Battier 1.1
Ariza 1.8

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