DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson each scored 22 points and the Denver Nuggets rallied past the Milwaukee Bucks 112-104 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.
The Nuggets withstood Samuel Dalembert’s career-high 35 points and trailed by 17 points in the first half before coming back to beat the Bucks for the fifth time in a row and get their longest winning streak overall in more than two years.
Corey Brewer added 20 points and Kenneth Faried 13 points and rebounds for the Nuggets, who didn’t lead in the game until late in the fourth quarter.
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Dalembert finished 17 for 21 from the floor in surpassing his previous career high of 27 points on March 14, 2011, against Golden State while with Sacramento. Luc Mbah a Moute, Larry Sanders, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings added 12 points apiece for the Bucks.
Trailing by 15 at halftime, Denver opened the third quarter with a 9-0 burst to pull to 66-60 when Danilo dunked off a lob from Andre Iguodala.
A running jumper by Wilson Chandler near the end of the third narrowed Milwaukee’s lead to 82-78, but Dalembert and Beno Udrih connected on jumpers around a free throw by Chandler, and the Bucks took an 86-79 lead into the fourth quarter.
Milwaukee stretched its lead to 10 points early in the fourth when Udrih made a 3-pointer but the Nuggets gradually cut into the lead, pulling to 100-97 after Gallinari’s 3-pointer with 5:08 left to play.
Faried made a free throw, and Brewer got loose for a breakaway dunk off a Milwaukee turnover to even the score at 100-all with 3:36 remaining.
Denver got six straight points from Lawson, including a pair of free throws with 3:06 left that gave the Nuggets their first lead. A turnover by Jennings led to another fastbreak that Iguodala finished with a dunk to put the Nuggets up 108-103 with 1:27 remaining. The Bucks managed only a free throw by Jennings the rest of the way.
Scoring a season-high for a half, the Bucks took a 66-51 lead at the break, boosted by Dalembert’s blistering performance. He hit his first nine shots before finally misfiring on a layup, only to get the rebound and put it back in to finish the first half with 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor.
Iguodala hit a jumper to pull Denver within 46-43 with 4:22 left in the second quarter. Milwaukee responded by closing the period with a 20-8 run, starting with a 3-pointer by Mbah a Moute followed by five consecutive fastbreaks, including four ending in layups by Jennings.
NOTES: The Bucks’ previous high in a half was 65 points (second half) a week ago at Detroit. … JaVale McGee returned to action for the Nuggets after missing the previous three games with soreness in his left shin. … Dalembert’s previous scoring high this season was 15 points against New Orleans on Nov. 17. … The Nuggets last won seven in a row was from Nov. 20-Dec. 5, 2010. … Milwaukee has lost eight of its last 10 in Denver.