DENVER (AP) — Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets beat New York 110-94 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight win over the Knicks at the Pepsi Center.
Nikola Jokic scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets had six players in double figures.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 30 points against his former team. He’s now 0-3 when playing at his old stomping grounds since being traded to New York in February 2011.
Kristaps Porzingis was limited to six points in his return after missing a game with a bruised left leg. The Knicks were dealt a blow before the game when forward Lance Thomas hurt his left knee in warmups.
This wasn’t a good start to their six-game trip, which is their longest since the 2005-06 season.
New York cut the deficit to 89-82 with 6:42 left on a layup by Porzingis. But the Knicks could never get any closer.
D.J. Augustin all but sealed the win with a five-point burst in a 34-second span that extended the lead to 100-87.
Axel Toupane, who was signed to a 10-day contract last week, scored his first NBA basket on a dunk in the third quarter. He also had a pivotal three-point play early in the fourth quarter.
The Nuggets went on an 18-2 run with Jokic leading the way in the second quarter to build an early 15-point lead. The big man was all over the court.
It was an interesting start to the game with Denver scoring the opening eight points and New York responding with the next eight.
Knicks: G Sasha Vujacic celebrated his 32nd birthday Tuesday. He didn’t get into the game. … Team President Phil Jackson accompanied the team on the trip. “It’s always great to have him around,” interim coach Kurt Rambis said. Rambis thought Jackson would be on the entire trip, especially considering there’s a stop in Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Sunday in Kobe Bryant’s farewell season. …
Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari (sprained right ankle) remains “very limited,” coach Michael Malone said. Malone added the Italian forward is “ahead of schedule. We’re not going to rush him back by any means.” … Malone got a little animated on the sideline late in a win over Dallas on Sunday. “Once I saw the replay of that I was quite embarrassed,” Malone said. “My daughters told me I’ve gone viral, and that’s one thing I’ve never wanted to be is viral.” … Gary Harris finished with 16 points and Emmanuel Mudiay had 15.
Knicks: Visit Phoenix on Wednesday.
Nuggets: Host Phoenix on Thursday.
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