Denver 113 at Indiana 144

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Pacers go 20 for 21 in 3rd, beat Nuggets 144-113
By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—The Indiana Pacers made their first 20 shots of the third quarter, missing out on a perfect period when Josh McRoberts(notes) was off on a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Denver Nuggets 144-113 on Tuesday night.

Mike Dunleavy scored 24 of his 31 points in the Pacers’ 54-point period. Indiana, which shot 64 percent overall, led 113-76 at the end of the third quarter.

Darren Collison(notes) scored 29 points, Tyler Hansbrough(notes) had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Granger(notes) added 19 points for the Pacers (3-3). Indiana set league season highs for points, field goals made and field-goal percentage.

Ty Lawson(notes) led Denver with 19 points and Arron Afflalo(notes) added 17. Carmelo Anthony(notes) scored 13 points on 5-for-15 shooting for the Nuggets (4-4).

Indiana shot 52 percent from the field in the first half to take a 59-49 lead at the break, but that was just the beginning.

Dunleavy made all five of his 3-point attempts in the quarter, including one that gave Indiana its 100th point with 2:49 left. The Pacers outscored Denver 54-27 in the period to take a 113-76 lead.

Indiana had 17 assists and made 8-of-9 3-pointers in the 12-minute span.

Pacers coach Jim O’Brien had criticized Dunleavy for missing open shots, but the guard made 9-of-13 field goals, including 6-of-10 3-pointers. Granger had shot 8 for 31 from the field past two games, but bounced back and shot 8 for 10.

The Pacers made 31-of-39 shots in the second half, and their largest lead was 39 points.

Notes: Granger and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings were honored before the game for winning gold medals at the World Championships. … Denver F Al Harrington(notes), who played his first six seasons with the Pacers, scored nine points. … Pacers F-C Jeff Foster(notes) sat out with a sprained right ankle. … Pacers G Brandon Rush(notes) scored 16 points in his first game since being suspended for the first five games of the season for violating the league’s drug agreement.

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A. Afflalo Arron Afflalo
6-9,  17 Pts
3 Rebs, 4 Assists
D. Collison Darren Collison
12-14,  29 Pts
3 Rebs, 6 Assists

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