Danilo Gallinari led six Nuggets players in double figures with 17 points and Denver stopped the Los Angeles Clippers’ franchise-record winning streak at 17 games with a 92-78 victory Tuesday night at Denver.
The Clippers’ streak was the longest in the NBA since the Celtics won 19 in a row from Nov. 15-Dec. 23, 2008.
Kenneth Faried added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their eighth in a row at home.
The Clippers, whose point total was 2 above their season low, were hurt by poor shooting from 3-point range (5 of 29, 17.2 percent) and the free throw line (13 of 29, 44.8 percent). Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe had 12 points apiece to lead Los Angeles.
The loss also ended a franchise-record seven-game road winning streak for the Clippers, who hadn’t been beaten since a 105-98 setback against New Orleans on Nov. 26.
Andre Miller, starting in place of point guard Ty Lawson, had 12 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets. Lawson, the team said, has been bothered by tightness in his left Achilles’ tendon for the past week, forcing him to miss a game for the first time this season.
Trail Blazers 105, Knicks 100 — Portland overcame Carmelo Anthony’s season high-tying 45 points and spoiled Amar’e Stoudemire’s season debut.
Nicolas Batum scored 26 points, Damian Lillard had 21 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds for visiting Portland.
Stoudemire finished with 6 points on 3-of-8 shooting and one rebound in 17 minutes off the bench in his return from knee surgery. Anthony shot 14 of 24 and nearly led the Knicks back from 19 points down after missing two games with a knee injury.
76ers 103, Lakers 99 — Jrue Holiday had 26 points and 10 assists, and Evan Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds for visiting Philadelphia.
The Lakers (15-16) have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-03 season, when they began defense of their third straight NBA title with a 12-19 record.
Kobe Bryant, who shifted from shooting guard to small forward five games ago in coach Mike D'Antonio’s redesigned rotation, led the Lakers with 36 points. Steve Nash added 12 points and 10 assists.
Down by 9 with just under three minutes to play, the Lakers closed to 99-97 on Bryant’s 3-pointer with 1:28 left. But Spencer Hawes responded with a 21-footer 16 seconds later and Holiday helped close it out on a driving dunk with 22.4 seconds on the clock.
Mavericks 103, Wizards 94 — Vince Carter scored 23 points, and O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison each added 15 to help Dallas break its six-game losing streak with a victory in Washington.
Hawks 95, Hornets 86 — Josh Smith scored 10 of his 23 points in the third quarter to lead Atlanta in New Orleans.
Al Horford added 20 points, and Kyle Korver 14 and Zaza Pachulia 12 for the Hawks, who spoiled the homecoming of Hornets guard Eric Gordon.
Pistons 103, Kings 97 — Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Detroit held off Sacramento for its first three-game winning streak of the season. Detroit has won five of six, in large part because of its reserves, which scored 44 points.
Sacramento cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to 1, and Detroit led, 100-97, when Austin Daye made a 3-pointer with the shot clock running down with 11.5 seconds left.