New Orleans (17-8) at Denver (14-9)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Tue Dec 16, 2003
  • TV: FSRM
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The Denver Nuggets will certainly be glad to see the Pepsi Center again.

After dropping two of three on their recent East Coast trip, the Nuggets return home to face the New Orleans Hornets.

The Nuggets have won nine of their 11 home games this season, but are just 5-7 away from the Pepsi Center. Their struggles continued last week.

After opening the swing with a 112-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks last Tuesday, the Nuggets rebounded to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 86-77 on Friday.

However, they stumbled again on Saturday, losing to the New York Knicks 95-88. After leading by five points through three quarters, the Nuggets were outscored 31-19 in the final period.

“We were up in the fourth, but they have so many veterans on this team and they were just mentally tougher,” Nuggets center Marcus Camby said. “They took the lead down the stretch and they just never let it go.”

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 25 points, but Denver shot just 39.5 percent.

While the Nuggets hope to get a boost from their return to the Pepsi Center, the Hornets will try to close out their four-game road trip on a high note.

New Orleans had won four straight before getting pounded by the Los Angeles Clippers 109-80 on Monday.

After holding the opposition to less than 100 points in 14 straight games, the Hornets allowed at least 100 for the second time in three games.

Jamaal Magloire led the Hornets with 17 points. All-Star guard Baron Davis added 16, but shot just 7-of-22 from the field.

The Hornets, who lead the league in 3-pointers made and attempted, finished 2-for-21 from behind the arc and shot 35.7 percent overall.

New Orleans is 5-3 against Western Conference teams this season.

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