Mar 30, 2011 11:35 PM by Lee Douglas
DENVER (AP) - Ty Lawson scored 20 points, J.R. Smith and Danilo Gallinari had 17 each and the Denver Nuggets beat the surging Sacramento Kings 104-90 on Wednesday night.
Al Harrington scored 15 and Nene had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight and increased their lead over Portland to 2½ games for the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The Trail Blazers lost at New Orleans on Wednesday.
Marcus Thornton scored 27 and Tyreke Evans had 22 off the bench for the Kings, whose four-game win streak was snapped.
The game was close for most of the second half before the Nuggets took control in the fourth.
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