COPY-Hornets 99, Nuggets 89

OKLAHOMA CITY Rasual Butler scored 20 points, including a big three-point play in the closing minutes, to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 99-to-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets in a matchup of depleted teams tonight.

The victory ends a three-game losing streak for the Hornets, who are without four of their top five offensive players due to injury.Denver also is four players short, including Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, who are serving suspensions.Allen Iverson scored 21 points but went just 6-of-22 from the field.The Nuggets scored just eight points in the final 9-and-a-half minutes.Devin Brown, picked up as a free agent a week ago, had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Hornets. Desmond Mason added 17 points for the Hornets.Earl Boykins led the Nuggets with 26 but scored just eight in the second half.

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