DENVER (AP) — Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points and the Denver Nuggets bounced back from successive losses to beat Brooklyn 129-109 on Friday night, handing the inept Nets their 15th loss in a row.
Wilson Chandler had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari added 20 for the Nuggets, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the Nets.
Jeremy Lin was back in the starting lineup for the Nets after missing the previous 26 games because of a strained left hamstring, but Brooklyn could not pull out of its downward spiral. He played just under 15 minutes and scored seven points with five assists.
Brook Lopez had 17 points to lead the Nets.
After leading by 11 at halftime, the Nuggets went in front 85-65 on a 3-pointer by Gallinari with 4:35 left in the third quarter and took a 101-75 lead into the fourth. By midway through the final period, the Nuggets had stretched their lead to 30 on a dunk by Chandler.
Denver shot 14 of 31 on 3-pointers, including four by Harris as part of another rousing offensive show. It was the 18th time this season the Nuggets scored 120 or more points in a game.
The Nuggets led by as many as 15 in the first half and were in front 64-53 at the break. Chandler and Gallinari combined for 16 points in the second quarter.
Nets: G Spencer Dinwiddie, who played his college ball at Colorado in nearby Boulder, had eight points in just more than 23 minutes. — The Nets’ last win was on Jan. 20, a 143-114 victory over New Orleans.
Nuggets: The team continues to be cautious with G Emmanuel Mudiay, who saw action late in the fourth quarter after sitting out the past two weeks because of a lingering lower back injury. — Harris’ previous career high was 24 points against Dallas on Dec. 19. — Travel issues delayed the arrival of C Roy Hibbert, acquired Thursday in a trade with Milwaukee.
Nets: Cap a back-to-back set on the road at Golden State on Saturday night as part of their “circus trip.” Brooklyn is in the middle of playing eight straight games away from home while Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey puts on a string of circus shows at Barclays Center.
Nuggets: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon, continuing a run in which Denver plays six of eight at home.
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