Nuggets defeat Sacramento for 15th straight victory

Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points to lead a balanced attack and the Nuggets extended their winning streak to 15 games with a 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings Saturday night in Denver.

Kenneth Faried had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Nuggets, who have won a franchise-best 17 straight at home.

And they did it while Ty Lawson (right heel) and Wilson Chandler (shoulder), two of their top players, were out with injuries.

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It took until the final minutes to hold off the Kings, who got 24 points and 15 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins.

John Salmons, who finished with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to get the Kings within 4 points, but Andre Miller sank two foul shots to seal the win.

Knicks 110, Raptors 84 — Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, Kenyon Martin had another big game against Toronto, and host New York finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Raptors.

J.R. Smith added 25 points for the Knicks, who beat the Raptors for the second straight night. Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds, a night after he had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Knicks’ victory in Toronto that clinched a playoff berth.

Bulls 87, Pacers 84 — Luol Deng scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer had 18, and host Chicago overcame the absence of starting center Joakim Noah to earn a victory over Indiana.

Clippers 101, Nets 95 — Chris Paul scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter after banging his left knee early in the game and host Los Angeles held off Brooklyn in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.

Pistons 92, Bobcats 91 — Charlie Villanueva scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead driving layup with 15 seconds left, and visiting Detroit defeated Charlotte to snap a 10-game losing streak.

Warriors 101, Wizards 92 — Stephen Curry scored 35 points before injuring his ankle late in host Golden State’s victory over Washington.