Lawson leads surging Nuggets past Hornets 113-98
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets started February the same way they finished January.
Ty Lawson had 21 points and 13 assists, Andre Iguodala scored 24 and the Nuggets beat the New Orleans Hornets 113-98 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.
The Nuggets continued their fine play in 2013. They won 12 of 15 games in January, including a 10-2 mark at home, and got February started strong.
They grabbed a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter and unlike Monday, when they let a 14-point lead against Indiana evaporate, they closed it out.
"In general we've been good getting leads in the fourth quarter, but we've been giving them back," coach George Karl said. "Tonight we didn't do that."
Danilo Gallinari finished with 18 points and Corey Brewer had 17 off the bench for the Nuggets, who scored a season-high 32 points off 22 New Orleans turnovers.
Ryan Anderson had 21 points and rookie Anthony Davis added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who have dropped three straight and five of six.
"Our turnovers cost us the game," point guard Greivis Vasquez said. "It was really hard to take care of the ball."
That was Denver's game plan, and the Nuggets harassed New Orleans' guards. Vasquez, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers combined for 12 turnovers.
"You want to make the right play but you're just throwing the ball to space instead of throwing it with a purpose," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "It happens to a lot of young guys. Not reading how the defense is playing you. That's what they do, they force turnovers and they're really good at that."
Denver led by three at halftime and increased it to as many as 11 in the third quarter. Iguodala scored 10 points and Lawson had nine, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Nuggets an 85-78 edge heading into the fourth.
"I was trying to be aggressive and take what they give me," Lawson said. "If they gave me the shot I took it, if not I went to the basket and find Gallo in the corner."
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