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NBA: Nuggets continue winning ways with victory over Sacremento

Denver moved to 15 games unbeaten for the first time since 1970 despite the abscence of Ty Lawson.

Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller looks to get the ball from Sacramento Kings' Isiah Thomas.
Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller looks to get the ball from Sacramento Kings' Isiah Thomas.

The Denver Nuggets stretched their NBA winning streak to 15 games with a 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 19 points and eight rebounds as Denver matched their club record winning streak.

Denver have not won 15 straight since the 1969-1970 season, and managed to match the feat despite the absence of starting guard Ty Lawson.

Lawson missed a second straight game with bruised heel, while Wilson Chandler was also sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Kenneth Faried contributed 17 points and nine rebounds, Andre Iguodala added 15 points with eight assists and Denver had 11 points apiece from Andre Miller and JaVale McGee.

The Kings' brief two-game winning streak was snapped. DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 24 points with 15 rebounds for Sacramento, while John Salmons had 18 points in the defeat.

Salmons drained a three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to pull Sacramento within four points at 99-95, but Miller made two free throws to rebuild Denver's lead.

The Nuggets have already clinched a playoff berth for the 10th straight season.

The Detroit Pistons snapped their 10-game NBA losing streak on Saturday night with a 92-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Kemba Walker poured in a game-high 25 points for Charlotte - the Eastern Conference's bottom team. But 18 from Charlie Villanueva - including a go-ahead layup with 15 seconds left - ended the Bobcats' two-game winning run.

The New York Knicks claimed a fourth successive win, beating Toronto 110-84. Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and JR Smith 25 to condemn the Raptors to a fourth straight loss.

Luol Deng scored 20 points and Carlos Boozer 18 to lift the Chicago Bulls to an 87-84 success against Indiana, ensuring Paul George's 23-point haul for the Pacers was in a losing cause.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points for Golden State as the Warriors overcame Washington 101-92. Cartier Martin's career-high 23 points were not enough for the Wizards.

Jerryd Bayless' season-high 30 points helped the Memphis Grizzlies prevail 110-106 against Boston. Paul Pierce contributed 26 points for the Celtics, but could not prevent his side slipping to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Finally, Chris Paul poured in 29 points - including 17 in the final quarter - to help the Los Angeles Clippers topple the Brooklyn Nets 101-95.

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