Nuggets nip 76ers
DENVER – The Denver Nuggets rallied from eight points down to post a 101-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Pepsi Centre last night.
Corey Brewer hit three free throws with 2.1 seconds left as the Nuggets extended their winning streak to 14 games.
Brewer scored the last six points and finished with a career-high 29 as Denver, which trailed 100-95 with 14 seconds left, won its 16th straight at home.
Damien Wilkins led Philadelphia with 24 points but had his potential winning shot blocked by Anthony Randolph to preserve the Denver victory.
Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Spencer Hawes added 17 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out for the Sixers, who lost their 15th straight on the road.
The Sixers appeared to have the game won after taking a 98-90 lead with 2:07 left, but Denver rallied.
With Denver down five, Brewer hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left. After Evan Turner missed two free throws with 7.1 seconds left, the Nuggets called timeout and set up a play for Brewer. He was fouled by Wilkins on a 3-point attempt and calmly sank all three free throws.
Meanwhile LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers used a better start to produce a 99-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Centre in Chicago.
Rookie guard Damien Lillard added 24 points, while center J.J. Hickson set a new career-high with 21 rebounds.
Most of all, the Blazers learned from a recent mistake. In Tuesday’s loss at Milwaukee, they scored just 8 points in the second quarter and fell behind by 27 points at halftime.
Against the Bulls, Portland started the second quarter with a 14-0 run and continued to build the lead. The Blazers were up 52-37 at intermission and 80-53 at the end of three quarters.
Chicago finally woke up and opened the fourth quarter with a 16-4 run, but the deficit was too big to overcome. Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 18 points and Carlos Boozer had 16. Neither of those players saw action in the fourth quarter.
In the third game played last night in Sacramento, the Kings defeasted the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 101-98. Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans†led the Kings with 24 and 21 points respectively.†