Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/19/12
DENVER (AP) -- Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 28 points, outlasting Tim Duncan down the stretch and leading the Denver Nuggets over the San Antonio Spurs 112-106 on Tuesday night. Duncan had 31 points -- also a season best -- to go along with 18 rebounds for the Spurs, who closed a 15-point lead to three with 3:38 left before the Nuggets closed it out for their third straight win. Manu Ginobili scored 16 points for the Spurs, who have lost four of their last five. San Antonio trailed 98-83 before charging back. Patty Mills hit two 3-pointers, Duncan scored eight points and Tony Parker hit a 3 to pull the Spurs to 105-102. Gallinari responded with a 3-pointer from the wing and Andre Miller hit a floater to stretch the lead to 110-102 a minute later. Two free throws by Duncan and a basket by Ginobili made it 110-106 with 53 seconds left. A turnover by Denver gave the Spurs a chance to get closer but they missed three straight 3-pointers in the final 24 seconds. Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Denver. The Spurs trailed 82-69 late in the third quarter when they started fouling JaVale McGee to put him on the line. The strategy appeared to pay off when McGee made just 2 of 8 free throws but San Antonio missed five shots and Denver was able to take a 90-75 lead into the fourth. Faried opened the second half with a three-point play, Gallinari drained a long 3-pointer and Lawson hit a 16-footer to put Denver up 63-50. The lead grew to 17 on a steal and layup by Ty Lawson midway through the third. The Nuggets used an 11-4 run to close out the first half and take a 55-48 lead at the break. Gallinari had 11 points and Faried and Corey Brewer had 10 each to pace Denver in the first half. The Nuggets could have enjoyed a bigger lead but 10 turnovers led to 10 points for San Antonio. The Spurs were also 6 for 12 from 3-point range in the first half. Duncan led the Spurs with 13 points and was a rebound shy of having a double-double in the first half. NOTES: Duncan also tied a season high with six assists. ... The Spurs and Nuggets have played a combined 35 road games and 18 home games so far this season. ... Duncan's double-double was his 14th of the season. ... Nuggets F Anthony Randolph was inactive with a sinus infection.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Details emerge on Brady's injury: 'Right thumb bent back badly'

Roy Halladay autopsy shows he had mix of drugs in system

Report: Indians, Orioles had discussed Manny Machado trade

Report: Jets WR threatened to sexually assault cop's wife

Report: Cavs seeking trades for DeAndre Jordan, George Hill

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tom Brady has 'just a cut' near knuckle, needed stitches

NFL determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

Report: Todd Haley wants to be Cardinals’ offensive coordinator

Kemba Walker would be ‘devastated’ if Hornets trade him

Foles ‘wanted to retire’ after spending a year with Fisher

New study: NFL concussion protocol won’t protect players from CTE

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

15 underrated NBA players having tremendous seasons

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker