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Nuggets beat Rockets 123-116

The Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets got together for the second time this week and after an exciting overtime game won by the Rockets in Houston on Sunday, and the Nuggets got their revenge, beating the Rockets 123-116 at Pepsi Center tonight.   The first half ended with Nuggets leading 68-58 with the 68 points being the most they have scored in the first half on the season.  They were led by Kenneth Faried with a strong 19 points and Timofey Mozgov with 18 to give the Nuggets the 10 point halftime lead.  The third quarter became the “Randy Foye Show”.  The “Late Night Host” knocked down 7 of 7 shots in the quarter including 4-4 from behind the arc and scored 22 of the Nuggets 32 points in the 3rd.  Foye ended the game with six 3’s on the night moving him into 3rd place in Nuggets history for 3 pointers made in a season with 179.  That leaves him one 3 pointer behind JR Smith’s 180 and he trails the all time leader, notorious gunner Dale Ellis with 192 in 1997.   Not only was Foye knocking down shots but he led the team in assists through 3 quarters with 14.  The only bad news of the 3rd came with a little over 2 minutes left when Mozgov went up for a defensive rebound and crunched knees with a Houston player and left the game and did not return.  It appeared he may have a bruised knee by looking at replays of the incident during the telecast.  The 4th quarter would be a different story altogether as the Nuggs came out incredibly flat with the reserves on the floor and Houston’s reserves had a field day cutting the lead to as little as 4 in the quarter before Foye would make a circus type layup and Evan Fournier would knock down a corner 3 with the shot clock winding down with less than 2 minutes to play, sealing the win for the Powder Blue Crew.   Rockets star guard James Harden left the game in the third with a knee injury, returned for a short stint, then left and never returned which should cause some consternation in the Texas City tonight.  Their playoff hopes ride on the hot shooting and driving of the talented Harden and the loss of him would most certainly cause an early exit in the Western Conference Playoffs.  The win guaranteed that the Nuggets would finish with a winning record at home for the 11th straight season.  The Nuggets also had a season high of 66 points in the paint on this night which was a major reason they were able to hold off the talented and playoff bound Rockets.  The stat sheet was pretty full tonight with Foye’s 30 points and 15 assists, Faried’s 23 points and 9 rebounds and Mozgov’s 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.  Quincy Miller, filling in for Ty Lawson who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, finshed with a solid 9 points and 8 rebounds for the Nuggs.  The Rockets Jeremy Lin tallied 18 points in the second quarter but was a non-factor the rest of the game, finishing with just those 18 on the night.  Before his injury, Harden was held in check going off for only 10 points and 6 assists on the night.  Next up for the Nuggets is a game Saturday Night against the Utah Jazz at Pepsi Center.  With only 4 games left in this dissappointing season, it is nice to see the Nuggs go out and play hard and well in front of their loyal fans with nothing to play for.  It will be interesting to see how things unfold for the balance of the season without 1/3 of their roster and see if the Nuggets can “Man-up” and finsh the 2013-2014 season on a strong suit going into the offseason.  Follow all the Nuggets action and conversation on Twitter @Nugg_Love.

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