Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) drives to the basket past Denver Nuggets guard Evan Fournier (94) and center Timofey Mozgov (25) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Photo by Chris Humphreys, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Nuggets 109, Pacers 96
Forward Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 25 points, J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 13 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers 109-96.
Guard Ty Lawson had 12 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets.
Guard Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 23 points and 10 rebounds and forward Paul George had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.
The Pacers have been the best team in the league this season but their big weakness has been the second of back-to-back games.
Six of their league-low nine losses have come in those games, including Saturday.
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Hawks 112, Bucks 87
Forward Paul Millsap had 20 points and shooting guard Louis Williams added 18 off the bench as the short-handed Atlanta Hawks rolled to a 112-87 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Hawks (23-20) led by as many as 33 points in the second half and won for the third time in four games behind 52.6 percent shooting from the field that included 13 three-pointers on 26 attempts.