No Heat against Nuggets
DENVER (AP) – Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Arron Afflalo had 16 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Miami Heat 102-82 yesterday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Chris Bosh had 14 points to lead Miami, which have dropped four of their last five on the road after starting the season 5-2 away from home. The Heat are in the middle of a stretch of eight of ten games on the road.
Denver have been streaky in the first quarter of the season. The Nuggets lost six straight, won five in a row to go above .500, but followed that with the four-game slide.
The Nuggets led by 12 early but the Heat rallied to tie it at 48 at half-time. Shawne Williams hit three three-pointers in the second quarter and Luol Deng nailed a short jumper at the half-time buzzer to tie the score.
Denver started pulling away in the third. Chandler and Afflalo scored four quick points apiece to start the second half. A steal by Ty Lawson and dunk by J.J. Hickson gave the Nuggets a 59-50 lead.
Timofey Mozgov, who had nine points and ten rebounds, had a three-point play and rookie Erick Green hit a jumper to give Denver a 76-60 lead late in the third.
After two free throws by Mario Chalmers with 4.4 seconds remaining in the third, Green nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 79-62 heading into the fourth.
The Nuggets opened the final period on a 14-4 run to put it away.