Playing at an especially high level at home, the Denver Nuggets enjoyed one of the most successful months in franchise history.
The New Orleans Hornets appeared to be having a breakthrough month before struggling the second half of January.
The Nuggets will try to carry their momentum into February and win for the 12th time in 14 games Friday night when they host the Hornets, who have lost four of five.
With a 118-110 victory over Houston on Wednesday, Denver (29-18) won its fifth straight to finish 12-3 in January. That matched the team's 2010 mark for the best January record in franchise history.
After being saddled with the heaviest road schedule in the NBA in 28 years with 22 of their first 32 games away from home, the Nuggets have taken advantage with 15 of 18 at home since the schedule turned in their favor Jan. 1.
The Nuggets have one of the league's best home records at 19-3, and they've won the first three on their six-game homestand.
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