Faried’s 19 points leads Nuggets past Knicks, 106-78
DENVER (AP) -- Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets routed the New York Knicks 106-78 on Monday night.
Wilson Chandler and Will Barton scored 17 points apiece for the Nuggets, who enjoyed their second-largest margin in a win this season.
The Knicks lost their fourth straight and fell to 12-50, the NBA' first 50-loss team this season. Alexey Shved had 19 points for New York, which has just seven wins in 2015.
The lead grew to as much as 34 in the fourth. It was the largest lead of the season for the Nuggets, who tied a season low with eight turnovers. They didn't have a turnover in the second or third quarter.
The matchup between two of the worst teams in the league was close late in the second quarter when the Nuggets went on a run to take control. Faried had a dunk and Randy Foye hit a jumper before Andrea Bargnani drained a 3-pointer to pull the Knicks within 43-40 with 3:13 left in the half.
Denver scored the next eight points to go up by 11 and then ended the half with four points in the last 2.1 seconds. Joffrey Lauvergne hit a layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw but Darrell Arthur tipped in the rebound to make it 55-40 at intermission.
The Nuggets quickly went ahead 65-45 on Ty Lawson's 3-pointer early in the third. The margin stayed near 20 for most of the quarter until Denver scored the last 14 points of the third to lead 91-59.
Knicks: Forward Quincy Acy did not play because of a sore left knee injury. New York coach Derek Fisher said before the game Acy hurt his knee during Saturday's game but didn't feel pain or discomfort until that night or Sunday morning. He will likely get an MRI done in the next few days, Fisher said. ... G Tim Hardaway Jr. missed the game with back tightness.
Nuggets: Forward Darrell Arthur played despite having tightness in his right calf that forced him out of Saturday's game. ... C Jusuf Nurkic took part in the morning shootaround but is still out because of a sprained right ankle. ...
Knicks: At Utah on Tuesday.
Nuggets: Host Atlanta on Wednesday.
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