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Nuggets beat Pelicans 102-93

Sunday - 12/15/2013, 10:36pm  ET

New Orleans Pelicans center Jason Smith, front, cradles a loose ball as Denver Nuggets forwards J.J. Hickson, back left, and Kenneth Faried cover in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

DENVER (AP) -- J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets overcame a slow start to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 Sunday night.

Wilson Chandler added 19 to help the Nuggets bounce back from a rare home loss on Friday. They're now 7-3 at Pepsi Center this season after going a franchise-best 38-3 in 2012-13.

Ryan Anderson scored 26 and Austin Rivers chipped in a season-high 17 for the Pelicans, who began a five-game road swing. They were without Tyreke Evans. The versatile guard sat out with a sprained left ankle.

The Nuggets once again received solid production from their bench players, with Nate Robinson leading the way by scoring 14. The reserves are averaging 45.3 points, third-most in the NBA.


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