Chandler, Nuggets end 3-game skid, beat Pacers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 12:23 am •  Published: January 26, 2014

DENVER (AP) — When it came to shooting, Wilson Chandler struck a balance between picking his spots and taking his chances.

Chandler scored a season-high 25 points and the Denver Nuggets snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Indiana Pacers 109-96 Saturday night.

"I was just being a little aggressive, and I was taking good shots," said Chandler, who hit eight of 15 shots from the field, including half his eight tries from 3-point range. "I probably took one or two bad shots but I was being aggressive and taking good shots at the same time."

Nate Robinson and Timofey Mozgov added 15 points apiece and J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 13 rebounds. First-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw won in his first matchup against Indiana since leaving his job as a Pacers assistant to come to Denver.

The victory against Indiana, which still has the best record in the NBA, lifted the Nuggets back to .500 at 21-21.

"We came out strong in the first half, and we withstood a great run from them in the second half," Chandler said. "They're a pretty good team, maybe the best team in the league right now. They made runs, but we just had to stay focused. If we play well we can contend with any team. We've played well against a lot of the top teams this year but we've lost to some of the bottom teams. We've got to play every team like they're the best in the league."

Lance Stephenson scored 23 for Indiana. The Pacers split a road back-to-back set after winning in overtime the night before in Sacramento.

"I'm proud of our guys after a second night of a back-to-back and change in time zones," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "An emotional win last night, obviously, in overtime. I didn't know how much gas we were going to have in our tank. We really competed at a high level."

Paul George added 18 points and David West 16 for the Pacers, who lost for the eighth time in nine trips to Denver.

Ty Lawson, who had 12 points and 10 assists, said the Nuggets gained command early by leaning on their transition game.

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