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Mar 21, 2011 11:37 PM by Jordan Mason

Nuggets snap 2-game skid with rout of Raptors

DENVER (AP) - Ty Lawson scored 23 points and Denver's smothering defense forced 23 turnovers, helping the Nuggets snap a two-game skid with a 123-90 rout of the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

The Nuggets raced out to a 29-point lead in the second quarter and never looked back, beating the Raptors for the seventh straight time at home.

Denver was without guards Raymond Felton (left ankle) and Arron Afflalo (left hamstring), but hardly missed a beat. The Nuggets had seven players score in double figures as they improved to 10-4 since the blockbuster deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks last month.

Andrea Bargnani had 20 points for the Raptors, who snapped a franchise-record 14-game road losing streak the night before in Oklahoma City.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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