Denver Nuggets behind Danilo Gallinari's 28 points hold off San Antonio Spurs 112-106

Nuggets win third straight game

DENVER - The Denver Nuggets haven’t had many home games this season, but they made the most of their opportunities as they held off the San Antonio Spurs 112-106 last night.

Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 28 points and outplayed Tim Duncan down the stretch.

Duncan had 31 points -- also a season high -- 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.

The Nuggets have only played eight home games out of 26 games so far thisseason. They hit the road again to play the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday.

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