Brewer leads Nuggets past Raptors 113-110

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
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Faried hit one of two free throws with 5.8 seconds left and DeMar DeRozan missed a long 3 at the buzzer.

Faried had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Six players scored in double figures for Denver, which held a 23-9 edge in offensive rebounding.

"We made a commitment in the second half to play defense the whole time," Lowry said. "I don't think in the second half that they had too many fast-break points. We have to play like we did in the second half in the first 24."

The Nuggets looked as though they would sail to their first win in four games. They led 61-44 at halftime and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the third quarter.

Denver trailed 22-19 when it took control late in the first quarter. Brewer came off the bench and had two quick dunks and a layup to spark a 10-2 run to finish the period.

Brewer continued his tear in the second quarter. He scored nine points in 2:30 and McGee had an alley-oop dunk among his 11 first-half points to help Denver take a 38-26 lead before Toronto called a timeout.

Denver didn't let up. Jordan Hamilton scored six straight points to push the lead to 53-34 with 4:15 left in the first half. The Nuggets continued to turn missed shots and turnovers into easy baskets, outscoring Toronto 13-0 on the fast break in the first half.

"They were the aggressors. They really turned the game at that time," Casey said. "Altitude, real or perceived, really messed with guys."

NOTES: McGee had a career-high 16 free throw attempts. He made nine. ... Raptors F Linas Kleiza (sore left hip) did not play. He had an MRI on Monday afternoon but the results were not available yet. ... Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, who has missed the last 10 games while trying to recover from offseason surgery on his left hip, will not join the team on its upcoming five-game road trip.