Afflalo's double-double helps Nuggets down BobcatsMar 31, 2012 - 4:07 AM Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Arron Afflalo scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, as Denver continued its push for a playoff spot with a 99-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Corey Brewer added 17 points in a reserve role for the Nuggets, who hold the eighth spot in the Western Conference and have the same 28-24 record with Houston, which is in seventh. Denver bounced back from a nine-point loss at Toronto Wednesday night and is 2-3 on a seven-game road trip with upcoming stops in Orlando and New Orleans.
"We needed this win, it's a long road trip," Brewer said. "We have to get another win coming up Sunday."
Al Harrington posted 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Ty Lawson scored 14 to go with 10 assists in the win.
The Bobcats, losers of six in a row, were led by Gerald Henderson's 21 points.
Charlotte, which shot just 36.7 percent, was kept in this game by forcing 25 turnovers. That led to 28 points for the hosts, but the Bobcats went just 17- of-54 from the field over the final two quarters.
A layup from D.J. Augustin had the Bobcats within 61-59 with 7:28 left in the third, but Kenneth Faried's jam off a feed from Lawson finished off an ensuing 9-0 burst.
Denver held a 74-66 lead moving to the fourth, and was in front by as many as 13, at 84-71, following Harrington's layup with 7:08 left. Charlotte never got closer than six the rest of the way.
"I don't know what that third quarter is. We just can't seem to pick it up in that third quarter," Bobcats coach Paul Silas said.
The Bobcats surged to a 20-9 lead, but ended the opening quarter with a small 28-23 edge.
An alley-oop jam from JaVale McGee moved the Nuggets to a 45-37 lead midway through the second, but Charlotte netted the final eight points of the half and faced a 52-51 deficit at intermission.
Charlotte hits the road for its next four contests, starting against Detroit on Saturday...Denver is 14-2 against Eastern Conference opponents this year...Faried had 12 points and eight rebounds, while McGee scored 11...Charlotte took 98 shots, 25 more than the Nuggets, who ended shooting 52.1 percent...Denver held a 49-34 rebounding advantage.
- DENVER: 99
Mar 30 9:21 PM
- DENVER: 74
End of 3rd
Mar 30 8:51 PM
- DENVER: 52
Mar 30 8:23 PM
- DENVER: 23
End of 1st
Mar 30 7:35 PM
- DENVER: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
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