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Nuggets end road woes with 113-99 win over Bobcats

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013

"We just played Nuggets basketball," Faried said. "We ran and were able to get those turnovers, so it helped out on the break."

The Nuggets (35-22), who came in having lost four of their last five overall, led 83-74 entering the fourth quarter.

That's when Lawson took over, repeatedly driving to the hole for easy baskets. Forced to defend Lawson, the Nuggets moved the ball well, resulting in some easy alley-oop dunks for McGee and Faried.

Lawson finally sealed it with about five minutes to play when he put the ball between his legs, freezing Walker, and drove to the basket to score and draw the foul to push the lead to 15.

The Nuggets came in third in the league in scoring and got their high-flying act in gear with nine dunks in the first half to build a 60-54 lead at the break.

Denver shot 53 percent for the game.

Kemba Walker recorded his fourth straight 20-point game for the Bobcats, finishing with 24 on 9-of-14 shooting. Gerald Henderson added 19 points and rookie Jeffery Taylor had 18 for the Bobcats, who have lost 11 of their last 13 — including three straight at home.

Denver forced 18 Charlotte turnovers, leading to 23 points.

"We had a lot of turnovers that led to a lot of fast break points for them," Taylor said. "We usually keep our turnover count down, so that was a little uncharacteristic for us."

Things won't get much easier for the NBA-worst Bobcats (13-43) as they depart on the four-game trip beginning Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap was pleased with his team's energy, but agreed that turnovers were the difference.

"We'd turn it over and they'd get an easy basket," Dunlap said.

NOTES: Byron Mullens, who had been on fire in recent weeks, was sluggish for the second straight night. Over the past two games, Mullens is 2 of 21 from the field for six points. ... Josh McRoberts, acquired in a trade with Orlando earlier in the week, saw his first action for the Bobcats and had three rebounds but didn't score. ... Faried scored in double figures for the 36th time this season.