A surge in the fourth quarter helped lift the Denver Nuggets over the Houston Rockets 118-110.
Danilo Gallinari went off in the last frame for the Nuggets, scoring 12 points, including nine in a row at one point. Gallo's offensive explosion helped Denver build a 13-0 run that proved to be the difference in this game.
Gallinari would finish as the game's leading scorer with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-9 from long range. Kenneth Faried added another 19 points and nine rebounds for his squad.
As a whole, the Nuggets shot an impressive 51 percent from the floor.
The Rockets starting five had a great night scoring the ball, as all five players on the first unit finished in double figures.
Chandler Parsons and James Harden both finished with 21 points, but Harden's six turnovers overshadowed his effort. Jeremy Lin dropped 22 points to lead Houston while adding five assists.
Both teams played a sloppy game with 41 combined turnovers. The Rockets had 21 and the Nuggets notched 20 on the evening.
The bigger issue for Houston was its free-throw shooting, which was dreadful in this game, coming in at 68 percent. The Nuggets weren't much better, but their 72 percent from the charity stripe was obviously superior.
Player of the Game: Danilo Gallinari
Gallinari was a major catalyst for the Nuggets in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 of his 27 points when it mattered most. He was rock-solid from the field, shooting 10-of-17 overall and 4-of-9 from three-point range.
At one point, Gallo scored nine unanswered points for the Nuggets and helped build the 13-0 fourth-quarter run that made the difference in Denver's winning effort.
What's Next for Denver
The Nuggets have now won five games in a row and have a great chance to match their longest winning streak of the season as they prepare for a battle at home with the New Orleans Hornets on Friday.
What's Next for Houston
Houston's three-game winning streak has officially been snapped by Denver, but the Rockets are in good shape to start yet another streak when they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats into their building on Saturday.