DENVER, April 15 (UPI) -- Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson led Denver with 20 points apiece Sunday, elevating the Nuggets to a 101-86 win over Houston in a game with playoff implications.
The Denver turned a close contest into a runaway with strong second half and finished the game shooting 49 percent from the floor.
The two teams came into the match-up tied for the seventh and eighth seeds in the Western Conference, and the Nuggets' victory gave them sole possession of the seventh spot.
The Rockets, meanwhile, maintained a tenuous half-game lead over ninth-place Phoenix after suffering their third consecutive defeat.
Chase Budinger and Luis Scola each notched 19 points for Houston.
|Additional Sports News Stories|
MALMO, Sweden, May 19 (UPI) --Denmark's Emmelie De Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song "Only Teardrops" in Malmo, Sweden.
DETROIT, May 18 (UPI) --An invasive insect from Asia first spotted in Michigan two years ago could pose a major threat this year to fruit growers, officials say.