Nuggets 113, Bobcats 99
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ty Lawson led a balanced attack with 20 points and the Denver Nuggets rolled to a 113-99 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
The Nuggets gradually pulled away as the game progressed to snap a four-game road losing streak and raise their record to 35-22. They led by nine points after three quarters and then built the margin to as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.
JaVale McGee added 17 points for the Nuggets on 8-of-10 shooting from the field that included seven thunderous dunks. Kenneth Faried scored 15 points, Corey Brewer 14, Andre Iguodala 13 and Wilson Chandler 11.
The Nuggets shot 53 percent from the field.
The Bobcats fell to a league-worst 13-43 and lost for the 19th time in their last 21 games at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats with 24 points. Gerald Henderson scored 19, Jeffery Taylor 18 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 13.
Denver led 31-29 after one quarter, 60-54 at halftime and 83-74 after three quarters.
Notes: The Nuggets won the only previous game between the teams this season, 110-88 in Denver on Dec. 22. ... The Nuggets were finishing their second Eastern trip in the past two weeks. They had a four-game road trip with games at Cleveland, Boston, Toronto and Brooklyn, returned home for one game to beat Boston, then had Washington and the Bobcats on the road again this weekend. ... Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap was a Nuggets assistant under George Karl from 2006 to 2008. ... The Bobcats were playing their fourth game in five nights and were finishing a three-game homestand. They'll hit the road for a four-game Western trip starting Tuesday against the Clippers in Los Angeles. They'll also play Utah, Sacramento and Portland on the trip. ... With his 27-point outburst against Washington on Friday night, Lawson has raised his average to 16.2 and has scored 20 or more in 12 of the last 18. ... The Bobcats were coming off a 115-85 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night when they shot just 33.3 percent. ... The Bobcats' three highest-paid players -- Ben Gordon, DeSagana Diop and Tyrus Thomas -- are all at the end of the bench these days. None played against Chicago, and Thomas was designated as inactive even though newly acquired Josh McRoberts had gone through only one practice. ... The Nuggets will return home to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.
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