Nuggets 112, Bucks 104: Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari each scored 22 points and sparked a late surge as Denver won its seventh straight with a comeback victory over visiting Milwaukee.
Corey Brewer scored 20 points and Kenneth Faried added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who trailed by 15 points at halftime but regrouped to match their longest winning streak since Nov. 20-Dec. 5, 2010.
Samuel Dalembert scored a career-high 35 points to go with 12 rebounds in just 27 minutes off the bench for Milwaukee, which dropped a fifth consecutive meeting against Denver. Four other Bucks scored 12 points apiece.
Monta Ellis’ jumper with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter put the Bucks ahead 100-93, but it would not last. Gallinari followed with four points to open a 9-0 run that put the Nuggets in front 102-100. After Ellis tied things, Lawson nailed a jumper to make it 104-102 as Denver did not look back.
The Bucks exploded out to a 66-51 halftime lead on Dalembert’s put-back to beat the buzzer, only to nearly give it all back in the third. Gallinari hit a 3-pointer and had a layup as part of a 9-0 run after the break, later adding a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 68-65.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Dalembert had scored just 36 combined points in his previous seven games. … Nuggets C JaVale McGee returned to the lineup after missing three games with a shin injury. He logged 18 minutes of action, scoring eight points. … The Bucks fell to 9-37 all time in Denver.