Nuggets 110, Suns 85

Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 23 points and the Denver

Nuggets opened the fourth quarter with a 16-3 run en route to a

110-85 win over the Phoenix Suns in an exhibition game Thursday

night.

Corey Brewer scored eight of his 20 points during the decisive

run which saw the Nuggets extend an eight-point advantage to 95-74

with 7:04 remaining.

Kosta Koufos scored 15 points and DeMarre Carroll added 14 for

Denver, which swept the two-game exhibition series against

Phoenix.

Jared Dudley scored 17 points, Hakim Warrick had 15 and Shannon

Brown added 14 for the Suns, who were without forward Marcin

Gortat, out with a slight non-displaced fracture of his right

thumb.

Steve Nash had five points on 2-of-9 shooting and added eight

assists in just over 26 minutes for the Suns, who earlier Thursday

waived guard-forward Mickael Pietrus.

After opening the game 6 of 24 from the floor in the first

quarter, the Suns recovered and led 60-56 on Markieff Morris’

3-pointer with 7:40 left in the third quarter.

But Gallinari and the Nuggets took over from there. Gallinari

converted a three-point play, Chris Andersen sank a pair of free

throws and Brewer hit a 14-foot turnaround jumper with 5:04 to go

in the third for a 70-60 lead.

Phoenix rallied to within six at 77-71 on a three-point play by

Brown with 13.5 seconds left in the period, but Gallinari hit a

fade away jump shot at the third-quarter buzzer and the Nuggets

coasted the rest of the way.