Nuggets set for rematch with Rockets

Scoring shouldn't be a problem as Denver takes on Houston
by Aaron Lopez

The Houston Rockets have wracked up 275 points in their past two games.

The Denver Nuggets have allowed at least 100 points in 22 of their past 24 games.

The scoreboard should be in for a workout Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

Three days after the Rockets outlasted the Nuggets 130-125 in overtime, the two teams meet again in Denver.

“It’s exciting,” Nuggets guard Evan Fournier said after shootaround Wednesday. “You always want to have fun, and last game was a fun game with a lot of good plays. Hopefully tonight’s going to be a fun game too.”

Fournier scored 26 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers in Sunday’s loss at Houston. Former Rockets guard Aaron Brooks added 24 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for Denver.

After erasing a 17-point halftime deficit, the Nuggets led by14 with less than 5 minutes left in the game before the Rockets rallied to force overtime.

“We don’t want to have as many turnovers as we did at the end of (Sunday’s) game,” Brooks said. “Definitely want to get a win.”

Brooks will start his third game in a row as Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson continues to recover from a sprained left ankle. In seven games as a starter this season, Brooks is averaging 14.9 points, 7.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds.


WHEN: 7 p.m. MT
WHERE: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

DENVER (33-44)

F Quincy Miller
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Aaron Brooks

HOUSTON (52-25)
F Chandler Parsons
F Terrence Jones
C Omer Asik
G James Harden
G Jeremy Lin

Ty Lawson (sprained ankle), Wilson Chandler (groin), Danilo Gallinari (knee), J.J. Hickson (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson (knee) are out.
HOUSTON: Dwight Howard (ankle) is day-to-day; Patrick Beverly (knee) and Greg Smith (knee) are out.

The Rockets have played well in Denver in recent years, having gone 8-11 at Pepsi Center since 2002-03 . . . The Nuggets have struggled overall against the Rockets for the past two decades, having gone 36-59 vs. Houston since 1990-91 . . . Denver has played more overtime games against Houston than any other franchise in the NBA (13) . . . The Nuggets won the season series 4-0 in 2012-13, just the third season series win against Houston since 2000-01 (3-1) and only the fourth since 1993-94 (3-2) . . . The Rockets and Nuggets have split the season series six times in the last 14 years