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Dec 29, 2010 10:43 PM by Jordan Mason

Billups scores 15 in 4th to lift Nuggets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Chauncey Billups scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three huge 3-pointers to keep the Minnesota Timberwolves at bay and lift the short-handed Denver Nuggets to a 119-113 victory on Wednesday night.

Michael Beasley scored 33 and Kevin Love had 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who missed a chance for their first three-game winning streak since February of last season.

The Nuggets were playing without star Carmelo Anthony for the fifth straight game and were missing starters Kenyon Martin, Nene and top reserve Al Harrington with injuries.

Chris Andersen stepped in with 11 points and seven rebounds and Ty Lawson had 19 points, five assists and five rebounds off the bench to help the Nuggets to their second straight win.

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