Lenard scored 12 points in the third quarter, helping the
Nuggets expand their seven-point halftime lead to 20.
Lenard, 0-for-5 in the first half, hit a pair of 3-pointers and
a 19-foot jumper during a 12-2 run to open the third quarter, and
Denver forged a 61-44 lead.
Phoenix cut the lead to 11, but White had a three-point play and
a pair of free throws to make it 75-55 late in the quarter. The
Suns got no closer than 16 points after that.
The Suns lost their second-leading scorer, Shawn Marion, to a
sprained left ankle just 2:16 into the game. He did not return.
Denver used an 8-0 run, capped by Andre Miller's 20-foot jumper,
to open up a 10-2 lead, but Phoenix countered with nine straight
points, including Joe Johnson's three-point play.
Marbury scored 10 points in the quarter, but the Suns trailed
26-25 at the end of the period.
Denver's 9-1 flurry helped open up a 35-26 lead early in the
second quarter. While Phoenix was hitting just 1-of-12 shots to
open the period, Denver built a 45-32 lead. The Suns then scored
eight straight points, including a jump hook and slam dunk by
Stoudemire, but Denver led 49-42 at halftime.
Phoenix, which shot 59 percent in the first quarter, hit just 23
percent in the second quarter.
Denver shot 59 percent in the third quarter, led by Lenard's
White, Boykins and Anthony helped the Nuggets pad the lead to 24
points by midway through the fourth quarter.
^Notes:@ Nuggets forward Nene missed his fifth straight game with a
strained left groin. ... Denver is 6-1 at home. ... Phoenix had won
three straight games after a 3-6 start. ... Despite the loss,
Phoenix has won 20 of the last 26 games against Denver.