Shorthanded Suns no match for Nuggets

Suns guard Devin Booker is tripped by Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) as Kenneth Faried (35) defends in the first quarter Friday at the Pepsi Center.

DENVER — Will Barton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Gary Harris scored 16 points, and the Denver Nuggets cruised to a 106-81 victory over the Phoenix Suns in a preseason game Friday night.

Kenneth Faried and Joffrey Lauvergne added 15 points each for Denver, which led 53-36 at halftime.

Alex Len scored 14 points and Devin Booker had 13 for the Suns. Phoenix shot 33 percent from the field (27 for 81), including 9 for 29 (31 percent) on 3-pointers.

NUGGETS: Wilson Chandler had 10 points and 19 rebounds in a game-high 34 minutes. … Jameer Nelson had 12 assists. … Danilo Gallinari and Emmanuel Mudiay were given the night off by coach Michael Malone.

Nuggets 106, Suns 81

SUNS: Markieff Morris had seven points on 3-for-13 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. … Tyson Chandler had one point, three rebounds and one steal in nine minutes. He was ejected after drawing two technical fouls with 9:45 left in the third quarter for arguing with officials over what he considered a missed call. … Point guards Eric Bledose and Ronnie Price did not play due to illnesses.

STAR WATCH: Faried scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, helping the Nuggets build their 27-point halftime lead.

UP NEXT: Phoenix visits San Antonio on Tuesday. Denver plays at Oklahoma City on Sunday.