Ty Lawson scored 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 16 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets to a 93-87 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
James Harden had a tough night for the Rockets and finished with a season-low 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting.
Harden bulled into the lane for a layup to cut Denver's lead to five with just less than four minutes remaining. But Danilo Gallinari tipped in a missed free throw before a rim-rattling alley-oop dunk by Faried pushed the lead to 89-80.
A pair of free throws by Jeremy Lin cut it to 91-87 with 1:21 remaining. Lin got knocked in the nose on the foul and was bleeding. He had to shoot the free throws with paper stuffed in his left nostril.
Faried blocked a layup attempt by Harden and Chandler Parsons missed a 3-pointer seconds later.
Faried got the rebound on the miss and dunked it on the other end to secure the win.
Harden, Houston's newest acquisition, was held in check for most of the night and entered the ...